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Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 18 century
Date of Inscription: 1999
Location: South America, Brazil, State of Minas Gerais
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Description: The colonial village of Diamantina that is set like a jewel in a necklace of inhospitable rock-strewn mountains, calls to mind the exploits of diamond prospectors of the 18th century and stands as a testimony to the triumph of human cultural and artistic endeavour over their environment. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Diamantina is a Brazilian city in the state of Minas Gerais. Its estimated population in 2004 was 44,238. Digging in stream beds for diamonds near Diamantina Arraial do Tijuco (as Diamantina was first called) was built during the colonial era in the early 18th century. As its name suggests, Diamantina was a center of diamond mining in the 18th and 19th centuries. A well-preserved example of Brazilian Baroque architecture, Diamantina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other historical cities in Minas Gerais are Ouro Preto and Mariana. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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