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Praca Tiradentes

Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Ranked #14 of 48 Attractions in Ouro Preto
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping
Description: Boutiques with reasonably priced gemstones and jewelry line this main town square.
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Stockton, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
8 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Praca Tiradentes is the main square of Ouro Preto, the former capital of Minas Gerais State and one of my favorite cities in the world. At its ends are two museums, one devoted to the early 19th century insurrection headed by a dentist, "Tiradentes" ("tooth-puller"), the other a geological museum exhibiting gems mined in the area ("Minas Gerais" means "general... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
22 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Rather holy town and so was the square. It is unusual not to have a flat town square in Latin America, but this one was.

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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Ouro Preto is one of the most symbolical historic cities in Brazil. TIradentes was one of "Brazilian heroes" against the Portuguese domination and the Tiradentes square remains with the same looks and feel of the time when he was killed on it. Be prepared to walk up hills, since the square is on an upper part of the city, which... More

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Salvador, BA
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142 reviews 142 reviews
52 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Beautiful backdrop for photos. A giant obelisk and the Museu da Inconfidiencia in the background. Great during festivals, but always gives a sense of history.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Beautiful historic square... Needs to be more pedestrian friendly. Almost got run over several times crossing the square with my family. ;-)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

The plaza is made only to catch tourists. If you really want to know Ouro Preto, take a walk to the down streets. The only good thing i saw in the plaza was the museum, the rest, terrible when is weekends: bad traffic, no way to park your car, dirty and pee smells in the corners.

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148 reviews 148 reviews
59 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This large square is central to the city of Ouro Preto. Surrounded on all sides by shops selling gemstones, souvenirs, cachaça and with two fine bookends in the form of an excellent museum of minerology and the museum of the Inconfidençia this Praça is the place where all roads converge. Don't miss it.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

The principal place of Ouro Preto, the Praça Tiradentes is sorrounded by the Inconfidence Museum and the older Administrative Building and Astronomic Observatory (Escola de Minas). The ancient principal street of Ouro Preto (and in some way still nowadays) ends on this square. It's the neuralgic place of the town.

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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This square is the center of Ouro Preto and is filled with restaurants, museums and shops galore. There are several nice gemstone shops on the square worth checking out.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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55 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Ouro Preto is a nice historic town, this is the main square and from here you reach most of the important sights in town. Do not miss the Oratory and the Minaralogy Museums one block away.

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