Belo Horizonte, or “BH”, as they call the city, is the sixth most populated city in Brazil, with just over 2.5 million inhabitants. (Find here: The Spectator Guide).
The city is surrounded by mountains of the Sierra de Curral, which form a beautiful natural background. In addition to nature, the capital of Minas Gerais stands out for its architectural treasures and its rich artistic and cultural production.
A framework for the city was the project developed in 1940 by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), with the creation of the Pampulha region. In it, one of his main works is found: the Modern Architectural Complex of Pampulha, inaugurated three years later.
The work brings together the Art Museum of Pampulha, the Reference Center of Architecture, Urbanism and Design of Belo Horizonte, the Iate Tennis Club and the Church São Francisco de Assis also known as the “Igrejinha da Pampulha”.
On July 17, 2016, the group became part of UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity, together with 814 cultural sites in the world.
The local gastronomy is a separate chapter. Very diverse, with indigenous roots and Portuguese influence, dishes like “angu”, “tutu de feijão”, cheese bread, dulce de leche, feijão tropeiro among other delicacies, are those that stand out.
The belohorizontinos, in its great majority, live in function to the rivalry between the two greater clubs of the city: Athletic Mineiro and Cruzeiro. The America Futebol Clube, also called Coelho, is a traditional rival, who had great success in the twentieth century. Its historic stadium, Independência, was one of those that hosted the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
However, the main stadium of the State of Minas Gerais is the Governador Magalhães Pinto, known as Mineirão, which hosted countless national and international finals. It was modernized for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will host one of the semifinals of the CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil 2019. In its ancient times, the Mineirão was able to receive more than 100.000 spectators. After its recent renovations for the Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it was able to receive more than 60.000 fans.
Among the sporting successes of the clubs in Belo Horizonte, Atlético Mineiro was the winner of the inaugural edition of the Brazilian Championship, in 1971, and has had the honor of having in its ranks talents such as Reinaldo, Toninho Cerezo and Éder and recently Ronaldinho.
Meanwhile, the Cruzeiro trophy collection ranges from two CONMEBOL Libertadores (1976, 1997), two Supercopas Sudamericanas (1991, 1992), four Campeonatos Brasileros (1966, 2003, 2013, 2014), six Copas de Brasil (1993, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2017, 2018), Copa Oro de CONMEBOL (1995), Copa Master (1995) and the Recopa Sudamericana (1998).
La Raposa was the first rung in the career of figures like Tostão and Ronaldo.