Spotlight on: Belo Horizonte, Metropolis on the Horizon
In many ways
Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais(‘General Mines’), feels like a mini Sao Paulo.
'Mini' is of course a relative term, because the
metropolitan population of Belo Horizonteis still the 3rd largest in Brazil.
Belo Horizonte is a young, modern industrial city, which is renowned worldwide for its visionary architecture.
Like in many other
Brazilian cities, in Belo Horizonte the name of Oscar Niemeyer is intertwined with the local city planning.
You will find the best examples of Niemeyer's designs and urban projects in the
suburb of Pampulha. But Belo Horizonte is much more than just being the blueprint for Brazil's young capital Brasilia!
Belo Horizonte has a vibrant nightlife and arts scene, some excellent museums, a cosmopolitan buzz and a pleasant climate. Moreover, it is centrally located and therefore a convenient springboard to a few the most
picturesque historical colonial towns in Brazil, like Ouro Preto.
In 2014, Belo Horizonte was a host city of FIFA World Cup Brazil.