ABOUT TIRADENTES: The town is located
on the hillside of the São José Mountain
Range and it is known for its historical and cultural
value. The town received the name of Tiradentes,
the main character in the “Disloyalty Mineira”,
a political movement that fought for Brazilian independence
from Portuguese rule. It is approximately 215km
from the airport in the city of Belo Horizonte,
and about 490km from Sao Paulo City, and 325km from
Rio de Janeiro. The town belongs to the State of
Minas Gerais and has about 6.000 inhabitants.
It is a very tiny and charming small town with lots
of preserved architecture in the Baroque style,
sculpted on big houses, genuine façades,
old churches and homes with their colonial shingles
and adobe walls. I is a peaceful town with lots
of history to tell and many charming hotels and
TO GO / CLIMATE: It is possible
to visit the region during the whole year and has
a tropical altitude climate, where the days are
comfortable warm and the nights are cool. The average
temperature is around 17°C (63ºF).
TO GO: The closest airport is Confins
CNF) airport located in Belo Horizonte, or the second
airport of Pampulha (PLU) also in Belo Horizonte.
Then by car or bus to the town of Tiradentes or
you may travel via another charming town in this
region, named Ouro Preto. It is also possible to
visit by land, from São Paulo and/or Rio
de Janeiro, but at the road conditions are bad and
long distanced, we you to recommend the visits via
HOW LONG STAY:
For the first time visitor we recommend one or two
nights stay, to able the visitors to enjoy the place,
its main attractions. Further we use to recommend
a visit to the neighboring town of Ouro Preto as
well. Besides the pre-booked hotel and airport transfers,
we recommend you to book the tour “guide walk
in the historical center”.
WHAT TO DO IN TIRADENTES:
Besides the main attractions in
Tiradentes that you can read more about below there
are some special events of interest as well, that
may justify a longer stay:
Carnaval (February / March)
Tiradentes Carnival is considered one of the best
in the State of Minas Gerais and attracts several
merrymakers willing to enjoy the party on the streets,
in the middle of the crowd. Small bands play old
Carnival songs and street dancers entertain the
Trinity Jubilee (June)
This is a Catholic celebration, with novenas, masses
and processions that attract believers from all
over the country.
Davidson Meeting (June)
This meeting attracts owners of Harley Davidsons,
the famous motorcycle manufacturer, from all over
the country. It is part of the official motorcycle
Culture and Gastronomy Festival (August)
For 10 days, chefs from Brazil and all over the
world present what is best in their countries’
culinary. The visitor can sample food and beverages,
as well as take a culinary course.
Saint Anthony Church
The church originated from a wooden chapel in 1702,
the time of the first explorers. Its definitive
construction started in 1710. The church was open
20 years later. The present façade is believed
to be Aleijadinho’s last work (1810). It is
considered one of Brazil’s most beautiful
baroque temples, with seven perfectly engraved altars
in the best D.João V style. It is worth noting
the rococo organ, from 1788. It was bought in the
city of Porto (Portugal) and has 630 pipes.
of Our Lady of Rosary of the Black People
The construction is in granite and it has a renaissance
style. It is believed to be the most solid structure
in the city. It replaced the old chapel, which was
from the beginning of the 18th century.
Lady of Mercy Church
The chapel was constructed in rococo style at the
end of the 18th century. It belonged to the Black
Creole Fraternity, those who were born in Brazil.
It is located on the beautiful Mercy Public Square,
gateway to the city’s oldest nucleus.
This is a beautiful model of 18th Century architecture.
It has an ample balcony that was added on afterwards,
with wooden and stone arcades and columns in Spanish
This impressive construction is three stories high
and it dates from the end of the 18th century. It
is located on Emancipation Square. This is where
the City’s Tourism Department and Post Office
This is the Parochial House where the leader of
the Death River region Inconfidentes (Minas Conspiracy)
lived, Father Carlos Correia Toledo e Melo. The
house has 16 rooms, and 10 of them have their ceilings
painted to emphasize the “Five Senses”.
Today, the museum houses Mestre Ataíde’s
furniture pieces and paintings.
Trip on the “Smoking Mary”
The trip takes us back to the past. The route is
what is left of the West Minas Railroad, inaugurated
by D. Pedro II in 1881. The American steam locomotive
dates from the beginning of the 20th century and
it is in excellent working condition. The train
takes you from Tiradentes to São João
Del Rey on an unforgettable 13 km (9 mile) journey.
It takes approximately half an hour.
Since 1965, Sweetmaker Chico has been making milk,
coconut, ambrosia, and the famous cashew candies.
The shop is located on Rua Francisco Padre de Moraes,
The Russian Zacarowiskyni family has been producing
Burza knives by hand for nine generations. They
use steel imported from Europe. It is located on
the Rua da Chafariz, 90.
Most of the arts and crafts sold in Tiradentes stores
is produced in other neighboring cities, such as
São João Del Rey (tin), Resende Costa
(manual weavers) and Prados (wooden sculptures).
In the downtown streets, there are many painting,
sculpting and engraving ateliês. In the Bichinho
district, 7 km (4.5 miles – 4 miles on dirt
road) from the city one can find the Agosto Shop,
where the artist Toti and a group of artisans produce
paintings, furniture, and sculptures with material
collected from demolitions (You can find them for
sale in Tiradentes at Inês Rabelo Arte). Another
attraction in Bichinho is the artisan Mauro Gonçalves
who makes furniture out of branches, vines and leather