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Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

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[Flag of Ouro Preto, MG (Brazil)] image by Dirk Schönberger, 13 August 2010
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About the Flag of Ouro Preto

Proetiosum aurum nigrum means "precious black gold," referring to the meaning of ouro preto, "black gold".
António Martins, 29 January 2001

The name Ouro Preto dates from 1698, when gold was found in Minas Gerais (which, by the way, means "General Mines"). The name "black" comes from the color of the gold nuggets. Details are at
Gunter Zibell, 29 January 2001

About Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto is one of the oldest settlements in Brazil, featuring a very well preserved urban center, embellished by the stone-works of the famous sculptor Aleijadinho ("little cripple"), in an interesting early phase of the Brazilian mixture of Portuguese and local elements.
António Martins, 4 July 2000

The official website is at
Dirk Schönberger, 13 August 2010