Notes on the Geography of Brazil: Ouro Preto and Mariana: Photo 28
Tighter focus. In the lower center you can see the wall of the governor's palace, as well as the school buildings that have grown on top of it. You can also see the plaza stretching to the Town Hall. (A tent has been set up there in anticipation of Carnival.) In the center of the square is the column memorializing Tiradentes, a national icon and martyr to Brazilian independence. All in all, this plaza with a couple of streets radiating perpendicularly is as close as the Portuguese came to giving Ouro Preto a Spanish-style grid. Blame the topography or maybe the Portuguese themselves, not quite as compulsive as their neighbors.
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