Photographer's Note

Built in 1749, the São José Fountain stands out for its similarity with a church façade. With Baroque elements and worked in quartzite, the fountain presents an image of Saint Joseph, patron saint of the "bandeirantes", explorers who arrived here in the 18th century in search of gold.

The water, that comes from the São José Mountain Range through an old stone aqueduct, supplied the inhabitants and animals of the city, besides being used for washing clothes. All this was done in the same place, because the building has three water reserve points. The first, falling from the three figureheads in the front part, was reserved for human consumption. There are also two side tanks: one was used for animal feeding and the other by slaves who came here to wash clothes.

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