The Essential
Lying 20km northeast of Belo Horizonte, on the banks of the Rio das Velhas, Sabará was founded in the 18C during the gold rush in Minas Gerais. Some extraordinary religious buildings from the time have been preserved: these Baroque works of art include the Igreja da Ordem Terceira de N. S. do Carmo, Igreja Matriz de N. S. da Conceição and Igreja de N. S. do Ó. Take the time to visit the Museu do Ouro, whose collection includes some interesting pieces.