Ouro Preto – World Cultural Heritage

A city that has the largest homogeneous set of baroque architecture in Brazil, Ouro Preto is a jewel nestled in the mountains of Minas. At the peak of the Gold Cycle, it was built by artists and slaves, inspired by European models, creating a distinctive national style. With the decrease in mining activity, at the end of the 18th century, the city changed its main characteristics: from a great economic center of mining to the administrative seat of the government.

For the city’s economy such changes were great, its historical heritage is grateful for the distance from the modernization of the 20th century. In 1938, the poet Manuel Bandeira wrote: “Ouro Preto cannot be said to be a dead city. (…) Ouro Preto is the city that has not changed, and therein lies its incomparable charm”. That same year, the city was declared a National Heritage Site, in a national movement to protect cultural memory that began with the members of the modernist movement, still in the 1920s, and culminated with the creation of the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Service (SPHAN) , in 1937. In 1933, Ouro Preto was considered a “National Monument” and, in 1980, international recognition came: the city was declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity*.

From the visit of the poet Manuel Bandeira until today, a lot has changed. Some changes were inevitable, due to the natural development that the city obtained. However, such changes did not change the main characteristic of the city: the impossibility of passing through the city streets without experiencing the emotion of a time travel, a return to the past.

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The meeting will be held at the Centro de Convenções de Ouro Preto, from 21 to 22 September 2022. The event will be organized by the Society of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry (SETAC) – geographic unit of Latin America (LA).



The UFOP Arts and Convention Center is located in the heart of the Historic Center of Ouro Preto, close to the main tourist attractions of the city, as well as restaurants, bars, hotels, hostels and inns.

Convention Center
Rua Diogo de Vasconcelos, 328, Pilar
Ouro Preto – MG | 35400-000