Tiradentes is a city in the state of Minas Gerais. The city was named after Tiradentes, the Martyr of Independence and one of the greatest heroes of Brazilian History. Tiradentes was born on Pombal farm, located between Tiradentes and São João del Rei. ( Remember the holiday Tiradentes day? Well we are finally going to this city)
We really enjoyed the 5 hour drive to Tiradentes, well once we got on a route that we knew would actually take us there…but that’s a story for another day. The small towns along the way are charming. The countryside is beautiful. Lots of agriculture…livestock, crops, orange groves and lots of termite hills!
We booked an amazing Pousada. The attention to detail made our stay so wonderful.Heated bed, heated towel racks, fresh flowers in our room( even in the toilet) The breakfast was gourmet and it was served with real silver on old singer pedal sewing machines converted to tables. I loved it! I could have stayed a week!!
Tiradentes is such a quaint town! It has colorful colonial houses and cobblestone streets similar to Paraty. Small cafes and shops are everywhere. It is nestled between the Rio das Mortes (River of the Dead) and the São José mountain chain, and the town was practically forgotten between the end of the gold rush period and the 1970s, until business people from Rio helped restore the beautiful old houses.
Tiradentes soon became a refuge for artists from Rio and São Paulo. And oh is it a spot for artists…so much to look at!
São João del Rei was the other historical city we visited. We only had about half an hour to explore because we took the steam train there and back. On Sunday there is a limited train schedule.
This area in Minas Gerais is known for it’s churches with Baroque architecture. One example is Igreja Matriz de Santo Antônio. Unlike most towns in the State of Minas Gerais, Tiradentes most important church is dedicated to Santo Antônio (Saint Anthony), instead of São Francisco (Saint Francis). It doesn’t really look like much, but a half a ton of gold was used to decorate its interior and is said to be the 2nd such church with the MOST gold in Brazil. Unfortunately because of our slight diversion road trip we arrived in Tiradentes late enough that we couldn’t get inside pics of the church.
A highlight for sure was the trains and the train ride on an old steam engine through back Brazilian countryside.
We had an amazing weekend! We will miss Brazil and these weekend excursions that take us to the most interesting places!!