18 Facts About Belo Horizonte


Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil's second-most populous state.

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Belo Horizonte was one of the host cities of the 1950 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Belo Horizonte then established a farm called "Curral d'el Rey, " archaic Portuguese for the "King's Corral, " which in modern Portuguese would be spelled Curral do Rei.

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An interesting feature of Reis' downtown street plan for Belo Horizonte was the inclusion of a symmetrical array of perpendicular and diagonal streets named after Brazilian states and Brazilian indigenous tribes.

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The Latin American research and development center of Google, situated in Belo Horizonte, was responsible for the management and operation of the former social networking website Orkut.

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City is composed of a relatively contiguous urban area, centred on Belo Horizonte, which extends out into municipalities such as Contagem, Betim, Nova Lima, Raposos, Ribeirao das Neves, Ibirite, Santa Luzia and Sabara, among others.

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The hills of Belo Horizonte are part of the Espinhaco Mountains and belong to the larger Itacolomi mountain chain.

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Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte, called Greater Belo Horizonte, is the 3rd most populous of Brazil, after only Greater Sao Paulo and Greater Rio de Janeiro (with 14, 387, 000 people).

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Belo Horizonte receives large numbers of visitors, as it is in the Brazilian main economic axis, exerting influence even on other states.

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Belo Horizonte has a developed industrial sector, being traditionally a hub of the Brazilian siderurgical and metallurgical industries, as the state of Minas Gerais has always been very rich in minerals, specifically iron ore.

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Belo Horizonte is the distribution and processing centre of a rich agricultural and mining region and the nucleus of a burgeoning industrial complex.

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Belo Horizonte is host to the Centro Mineiro de Dancas Classicas school.

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Also, several nationally famous rock groups have been founded in Belo Horizonte, including Jota Quest, Pato Fu, Skank, 14 Bis and Tianastacia.

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In later years, Belo Horizonte has been more frequently included in Brazilian tours of foreign mainstream and independent acts.

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Belo Horizonte is known as the Brazilian Capital of Metal music, hence the huge number of heavy metal bands founded there, especially in the 1980s.

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Belo Horizonte's design was influenced by the principles of Le Corbusier.

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Belo Horizonte has several significant cultural landmarks, many of them situated in the Pampulha district, where there are notable examples of Brazilian contemporary architecture.

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Belo Horizonte is internationally known as the "capital of neighborhood bars.

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