Minas Velha

Old Mine


Useful Information

Location: Ouro Prêto, Rua Santa Rita 21, Bairro do Padre Faria.
Open: All year daily 8-17. [2007]
Fee: Adults RBL 10. [2007]
Classification: ExplainGold Mine
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=2,000m.
Guided tours: L=370m.
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Address: Minas Velha, Antônio Otávio Germano, Rua Santa Rita 21, Ouro Prêto, Tel: +55-31-3551-7741.
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History

1704 mine opened.

Geology


Description

As the name says, Minas Velha (Old Mine) is one of the oldest mines at Ouro Prêto. It was probably owned by Felipe dos Santos, a famous member of the Inconfidência Mineira (Mine Conspiracy) of 1789. (see MineMinas Fonte Meu Bem Querer for more info on this)

Beneath gold veins the mine also contained ocre (ochre), which was used for paintings and malacacheta (malachite), a green copper mineral.