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Stone paved street in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil | by peggyhr
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Stone paved street in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Diamantina (Adamantine), a Brazilian city in the state of Minas Gerais with an estimated population in 2006 of 44,746 in a total area of 3,870 km², was one of the delightful surprises we encountered during our 4000 km drive through the interior of Brazil.


Diamantina is a unique and well preserved colonial city built during the early 18th century. As its name suggests, Diamantina was a center of diamond mining in the 18th and 19th centuries in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Located far north of the other colonial towns of Minas Gerais and Brazil, Diamantina is dramatically set amongst the beautiful and mountainous landscape of the Serra do Espinhaço. Since it is tucked away in the hills, it is relatively untouched by tourism, making it mysterious and charming.


Diamantina is known for its exceptional Brazilian baroque architecture, stone paved roads and churches. In 1999 it was included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and thanks so much for stopping by.


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Taken on January 18, 2011