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“Estrada Real” is the name of the historical territories in the state of Minas Gerais of Brasil which, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, made up the routes into gold and diamond country. The Portuguese term translates to Royal Road and refers to a set of itineraries assigned by the Crown to the transportation of minerals and goods to the seaports in major coastal towns. Today, these territories are part of a deep cultural inheritance shared by Brasil and Portugal. One of the most important religious festival and tradition is the Easter procession and celebrations held in the town of Ouro Preto, in the heart of this region.

Thanks to:
Instituto Estrada Real, Belo Horizonte
Museu do Ouro, Sabará

Minas Gerais, Brasil, 2008

Display of 18th century gold prospector’s tools at Museum of Gold in Sabará

Sr. Júlio


Holy Saturday’s night procession


Easter Sunday’s procession