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Diamantina: Chica da Silva
Her story is known throughout Brazil and recalls that of a fairytale princess. A slave and a mixed-race woman, Chica lived in a mansion with João Fernandes de Oliveira, a rich and powerful diamond merchant. A Portuguese, he fell madly in love with Chica with whom he lived, had children and to whom he left the greater part of his fortune as a legacy. The large XVIII century house, with its fourteen rooms, where Chica da Silva lived from 1763 to 1771 is a tourist attraction in Diamantina, a town on the circuit of gold in Minas Gerais, recognized by the UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Mankind. Her story inspired the producer Carlos Diegues to make the film Xica da Silva.

Congonhas do Campo: Aleijadinho

The sculptor and wood carver Antonio Francisco Lisboa, known as the Aleijadinho (the cripple), the greatest Brazilian artist of the colonial period was born and died in Ouro Preto (1738-1814)....

Diamantina: Chica da Silva

Her story is known throughout Brazil and recalls that of a fairytale princess. A slave and a mixed-race woman, Chica lived in a mansion with João Fernandes de Oliveira, a rich and...