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Belo Horizonte Travel Guide

Praça da Estação and the Praça Sete

A good place to begin one's wanderings through downtown Belo Horizonte is the train station on Praça da Estação, one of the city's prettiest buildings. A fine example of tropical Edwardiana, the pastel blue-coloured building was built in 1922 in the days when British companies dominated Brazil's railway system, but today the station is only used by passengers on the once daily Vitória-bound service. The building's first floor is the meeting place of model railway enthusiasts who are happy to show visitors their display on Wednesday (8–10pm) and Saturday (2.30–6pm). Graced on both sides by imperial palms, Avenida Amazonas, one of the city's main arteries, leads up from Praça da Estação into the Praça Sete. Humming with activity, Praça Sete is full of office workers (the area immediately around is the city's main financial district).

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