Ouro Preto is located in one of the main areas of the gold cycle. Officially, 800 tons of gold were sent to Portugal in the eighteenth century, not counting what was circulated in an illegal way, nor what remained in the colony, such as the gold used in the ornamentation of the churches.
The municipality became the most populous city in Latin America, counting around 40 thousand people in 1730 and, decades later, 80 thousand, but it is worth remembering that the Villa Rica / Ouro Preto area was much larger, encompassing the current Congonhas , Ouro Branco and Itabirito. At that time, the population of New York was less than half of that number of inhabitants and the population of São Paulo did not surpass 8 thousand. The Historical City was the first Brazilian site considered World Heritage by UNESCO, title that received in 1980. It was considered state patrimony in 1933 and national monument in 1938.
Bom Dia Ric,
The close-up foreground adds depth to the image as does the delightful sky. It truly deserves its UNESCO designation; when I first looked at the image, I actually thought it was Florence. SAA, Pat