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Diamantina is a colonial city in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Its 17th-century streets and buildings are witnesses to the country's diamond and gold digging ages, and its historic center has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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By bus[edit]

The bus station (rodoviária) is at Largo Dom João, 134. (38) 3531-9176. There are frequent buses from Belo Horizonte by companies São Geraldo and Pássaro Verde (websites in Portuguese only). There is also one daily arrival from São Paulo.

Get around[edit]


Childhood home of Juscelino Kubitschek
Igreja São Francisco
  • Capela Imperial do Amparo, Rua do Amparo. Tu-Sa 9AM-noon and 2PM-6PM, Su 8AM-noon. Construction on this chapel began in 1773 and stretched over the next 4 decades. R$1.
  • Casa de Juscelino, Rua São Francisco 241, +55 38 3531-3607. This former residence of ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek houses a museum dedicated to his life.
  • Casarão do Fórum. One of the most important pieces of colonial architecture, this structure was built as a residence, and later used as a meeting hall for the city council.
  • Diamond Museum (Museu do Diamante), Rua Direita 14, +55 38 3531-1382. Holds a collection of artifacts from the area's colonial diamond-mining days.
  • Igreja do Bonfim, Rua do Bonfim. Completed sometime before 1771. R$1.
  • Igreja das Mercês, Rua das Mercês. M-F 1PM-5PM, Sa Su 8AM-11AM and noon-5PM. Completed in 1784, this church still holds mass on the fourth Saturday of the month at 5PM. R$1.
  • Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Rua do Carmo. Tu-Sa 8AM-noon and 2PM-6PM, Su 8AM-noon. R$2.
  • Igreja São Francisco, Rua São Francisco. Built by the Franciscans in the early 1770s. The interior is being restored.


  • Watch the Vesperatas - open shows of traditional music bands, a large event that takes place on the colonial Quitanda street twice a month (from April to October).





Go next[edit]

  • Biribiri - A well preserved if tiny 19th-century industrial village, 15km from the city.
  • Serro
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