The town of Tiradentes, Brazil, (population
10,000), which was originally called Arraial Santo Antonio, is only 9 miles
from Sao Joao del Rey. After Brazil became independent, the town was renamed
in honor of its illustrious native son, the "tooth puller" (tiradentes)
and martyr to the cause of independence, Jose Joaquim da Silva Xavier.
The history of the rebellion he led is documented in the Museu Padre Toledo,
located in the former home of Father Toledo. Next door stands an 18th-century
colonial building in mint condition that now houses the Casa da Cultura.
A little farther down Rua Toledo is the parish church of Santo Antonio.
Begun in 1710, the gilding on its seven altars is among the most elaborate
in Brazil. Three blocks north of the church an intriguing 18th-century
fountain, Chafariz de Sao Jose, delivers water from three spouts that are
differentiated by function: one is for people to drink from, another is
for washing, and another third for animals. Fortunately the hotels have
only 2 spouts, hot and cold. However, our recommendation is to drink bottled
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