ultramarinus – beyond the sea


It was already 4pm by the time we checked in at our hostel in Belo Horizonte. We quickly took a bus out to the Praca da Liberdade at the heart of the city. More than half a dozen of the historical buildings at Praca da Liberdade have been transformed into museums. Known as the Curcuito Cultural Praca da Liberdade, this program has turned former headquarters of the state government into a hub of cultural institutions since the end of 2000s. Today, the state government of Minas Gerais is relocated to a new site with a number of buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Today, we visited one of the museums in Praca da Liberdade.  Nicknamed the Pink Building, the former home for Secretaria do Interior and then Secretaria de Educacao has become the Museu das Minas e do Metal (Museum of Mining and Metallurgy). We had about 45 minutes to tour the museum. We came here primarily to see the new additions and historical adaptive reuse design by Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. We were surprised to find that the original historical building was also quite engaging, so as the interactive display of the permanent exhibits. We wished we could have more time for the visit.


Previous Destination: Brasilia, Brazil, reading from post Day 13.2

More posts on Minas Gerais, Brazil
Day 15.2 – Museu des Minas do Metal, Belo Horizonte
Day 15.3 – Brazilian Churrascarla, Belo Horizonte
Day 16 – Inhotim, Brumadinho
Day 17.1 – Ouro Preto
Day 17.2 – Cafe Geraes, Ouro Preto
Day 17.3 – Afternoon Stroll, Ouro Preto
Day 17.4 – Rua do Pilar, Ouro Preto
Day 18.1 – Townscape, Ouro Preto
Day 18.2 – A Walk to Igreja de Santa Efigenia dos Pretos, Ouro Preto
Day 18.3 – Sunset, Ouro Preto
Day 19 – Ouro Preto to Rio de Janeiro

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought

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