Mariana was the original capital of Minas Gerais so their main town square (in the historic part of town) includes two churches and the government building from the 1700's.
The old statue of justice and punishment (my name, not the official one) where public beatings and such were held is in the square too.
Hehehe Just kiddin'! ;)
But seriously, is this not the most beautiful setting? I am really loving Minas Gerais these days (even despite the lack of beachfront!)
These next two were taken from inside the old capital building. It was open for touring this time!
You can't really tell in my photographs, but the woodwork was quite detailed and absolutely gorgeous!
We all know arches are self supporting, right? Well here's proof! No mortar holding these babies together: just the stone and then some wood in the joints. (This is a detailed view of the arch above.)
We were both intrigued by the gigantic rooster carved from wood up in the front of the church. My first inclination was that Atlético Mineiro futebol fans added it years after the original construction, but I suppose maybe there is a Catholic reason for the giant rooster idol.
You can really see how rounded the building is from this view.
Eric and Carl decided to climb on up to the bell tower.
Next time we go to Mariana, it is going to be when we can catch this organ concert! It is supposed to be incredible, and the history behind this organ is really interesting! (History to be told after I go visit!) A view of Mariana from the stone church's window. (I'm sorry I don't remember the name of this church.)