Ouro Preto (which means "black gold") is one of the oldest Portuguese settlements in Brazil, founded at the end of the 17th century. It grew rich on the profits of gold mining and was the capital of Minas Gerais state until 1897, when the planned city of Belo Horizonte replaced it. It is now a Unesco World Heritage site because of the richness of its baroque architecture. The 1979 slide was so dirty and so degraded that rescue via black and white was the only possibility. I made an mistake on putting this up - it is not the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, of St. Francis Xavier.
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