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Ouro Preto is located about 400 km to the north-west of Rio de Janeiro, close to Belo Horizonte, main city of the Minais Gerais state. When visiting Ouro Preto, one can discover that everything reminds that the city used to be the wealthiest place in Bazil under the Portuguese government. Indeed, during the ccc century, this place grew incredibly thanks to the gold extraction. Today, this 60,000 inhabitants city is divided into two parts :
- the modern one with a rather good economic activity focused on gem and metal extraction and agriculture,
- the historic part which is strongly focused on the tourism activity.

The historic part is really wealthy with a huge concentration of Portuguese buildings and churches as artefacts of the rich past. Indeed, there are about 12 churches on the top of the main hills of that city, each of them with very wealthy decorations, including the XXX church erected by the black slaves. Indeed, slavery was part of the history of that city like many big cities in Brazil which grew up between the 16th and 19th century. One can remark that the first level of any building was dedicated to the housing of the slaves working in the “Minais Gerais” which were also means the “General Mines” after the Portuguese imperial institution in charge of developing the gem and metal extraction in Brazil.

It was very nice to discover Ouro Preto at sunrise since it’s located in the mountains quite far from the sea. Thus, each morning there were a nice fog around the hills and the building before the sunlight started to warm the city.

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Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Aperture: 8
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Center-weighted average
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
ISO: 100
Lens: 28 to 75mm
Focal length: 28mm
AF mode: AI Focus AF
Image size: 3504 x 2336
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Saturation: High
Sharpness: High2
Contrast: High2
Tone: Normal

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