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Ouro Preto

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Ouro Preto, Brazil.

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'Founded at the end of the 17th century, Ouro Preto (Black Gold) was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil’s golden age in the 18th century. With the exhaustion of the gold mines in the 19th century, the city’s influence declined but many churches, bridges and fountains remain as a testimony to its past prosperity and the exceptional talent of the Baroque sculptor Aleijadinho.'

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old money values

I found old money from Portugal how do I find out what it worth?

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Depends on how old? Really old then museums will help, more recent then ebay?

Are there gem nines in the area to visit in Oro Preto

What are the cultural sites to visit in the town ad surrounding area?

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Hi there...

This page lists 3 other experiences nearby. I have not been there myself, so cannot comment on any of them!

http://www.worldreviewer.com/travel-guides/city/ouro-preto/55444/nearby/

Around have the wealth of this town comes from mining and half from tourists so yep, there are mines, and some of them for gems - in fact Oro Preto is the only place in the world where you can mine Imperial Topaz. One of the most popular sites in town is the Mineralogy Museum.

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