“The disaster that has occurred in Ouro Preto – the first Brazilian historical city inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List – constitutes a loss for humanity.
Video footage captured the frightening moment a 19th century, two-story mansion was crushed by a landslide in Ouro Petro, Brazil, on Thursday. No injuries or casualties were reported.
Over hundreds of years, Brazil has been home to many cultures and peoples. Explore their heritage with this list of incredible things to do in Brazil.
South America – bursting at the seams when it comes to quaint colonial towns, promising a window into the past through their timeless cobblestone streets…
With more than five centuries of recorded history and many more years of pre-colonial traditions and customs, Brazil is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List with 13 historical sites.
The website Viagem Turismo compiled a list with images and detailed information about each of the 13 sites. The list ranges from the Serra da Capivara National Park, “full of rocky caves covered with rock paintings” made more than 25 thousand years ago, to the modern capital of Brazil, Brasília, founded in 1960.
The thirteen historical sites listed by UNESCO are:
- Historic Center of Ouro Preto (MG)
- Historic Center of Olinda (PE)
- Ruins of São Miguel das Missões (RS)
- Historic Center of Salvador (BA)
- Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos in Congonhas (MG)
- Brasília (DF)
- Serra da Capivara National Park (PI)
- Historic Center of São Luís (MA)
- Historic Center of Diamantina (MG)
- Historic Center of Goiás (GO)
When most people think of Brazil, it goes something like this: Toes in the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio, sipping on caipirinhas — the national cocktail crafted with a rum-like spirit distilled from sugar cane called cachaça — all set to a sun-drenched samba soundtrack.