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Belo Horizonte

In 1893, the city was first chosen by the governor Afonso Pena as the new capital of Minas Gerais, initially being called Cidade de Minas – or City of Minas. The city was designed by the urbanist Aarão Reis, finally being inaugurated in 1897. Only in 1906, the name was then changed to Belo Horizonte and nowadays, with approximately 2, 5 million people, BH counts on the works of Candido Portinari, Francisco Bicalho and many others, which makes the city a real mixture of styles and eras.

Even though Belo Horizonte is the sixth largest city in Brazil, the capital will surely make you feel at home. The view of a city full of huge buildings may seem a bit intimidating, but it doesn’t take long to realize how receptive the “mineiros” are. It is very easy to get used to the traditional food, such as pão de queijo, feijão tropeiro and feijoada. Not to mention the view of Lagoa da Pampulha and Parque das Mangabeiras. BH also has a huge wealth when it comes to history and culture, which you can see in all its museums and wonderful churches, such as Igreja de São Francisco de Assis, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the same architect of the main buildings of Brasilia – the Brazilian capital.

As in the rest of Brazil, football in BH is something very appreciated. The city has one of the biggest football stadiums in the world, the Mineirão, which was also one of the playing venues of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the Olympic football tournament in 2016.

Therefore, Belo Horizonte is certainly capable of meeting the interests and needs of all those who visit it. It’s impossible to mention all the incredible spots and attractions, but it is the perfect place for those who are looking for cheap travel itineraries. And because of the people’s hospitality, in a little while you'll be talking Portuguese with the special mineiro accent.



Faculdade de Letras da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Av. Antônio Carlos, 6627 Pampulha - Belo Horizonte/MG - CEP: 31270-901
(31) 3409-5101 dir@letras.ufmg.br

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