Wednesday 11 May 2016

Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina

Diamonds are forever. Diamonds are a girl's best friend. Diamonds used to be found in this town.

Beco do Mota
This postcard was sent by Silvia

Diamantina is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Minas Gerais. Its estimated population in 2006 was 44,746 in a total area of 3,870 km².
Arraial do Tijuco (as Diamantina was first called) was built during the colonial era in the early 18th century. As its name suggests, Diamantina was a center of diamond mining in the 18th and 19th centuries. A well-preserved example of Brazilian Baroque architecture, Diamantina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. - in: wikipedia

Old Market
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Built by the army in 1835, this public market is a popular community gathering place on Friday evenings, when there’s live music, and on Saturday mornings for the weekly food and craft market. The building’s wooden arches inspired Niemeyer’s design for the presidential palace in Brasília. - in:

Passageway of Casa da Glória
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Connected by a vivid-blue 2nd-story passageway, these two houses on opposite sides of the street were originally the residence of Diamantina's diamond supervisors and the palace of its first bishop. Currently housing Diamantina’s Institute of Geology, the place has plenty of historical character, but exhibits are limited to a ragtag collection of old photos, mineral specimens and 19th-century German maps. - in:

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