Dim-lighted tunnel at the gold mine of Passagem near Mariana (Minas Gerais)

Go deep into the Mina da Passagem in Mariana

When around the mountainous central region of Minas Gerais, find Mariana, the oldest settlement in the state, dating from 1696 and accordingly built in a Baroque style as favored by the Portuguese. Certainly, as with nearby Ouro Preto, much of the city’s prestige and wealth came from the extraction of gold from the rich surroundings, …

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