Fazenda Santa Clara is a tourist attraction located in the Brazilian municipality of Santa Rita de Jacutinga in the state of Minas Gerais. The farmer and miner born in São João del Rei , then captaincy of Minas Gerais, Luiz Fortes de Sã and Bustamante took over in the late eighteenth century , the position of chief guard of the record of Black River. But Luiz withdrew from office and replaced by his brother Francisco Dionisio Strong Bustamante , who moved with his wife and children in Rio Preto , in 1800 approximately . In 1824 his son Francisco Bustamante Tereziano Strong was honored by the imperial government with an allotment of land , where he set up the farm Santa Clara , completed in 1856 . The farm was left with his death , the widow Maria Tereza de Souza Strong , Viscountess of Monte Verde. With the death of the Viscountess , who had no direct descendants , the estate went to his brother Carlos Fortes Teodoro de Souza , who was the 2nd Baron of Santa Clara . The farm was eventually mortgaged to the bank . Then went to the auction and surmounted by Commander Modesto Leal and then to Colonel John Honorius . Today it is owned by its descendentes.1
With 6000 m� , Fazenda Santa Clara should be one of the largest farms with origin in the nineteenth century still exist. It has 46 rooms , 14 halls , a chapel , two terraces of coffee , slave quarters , a dungeon , a gazebo and other appropriate facilities . The yard is exquisite coffee and was built with shells and whale oil . The dungeon was designed with such strength that prevents leakage . At the lookout , built to guard the property from above, a large clock was installed German , manufactured in 1840 and still working. The farm was used as the setting of the television series " Abolition " , aired in 1988 , and the novel " Terra Nostra " , displayed in 1999. (Wikipedia)

Published in Tourism
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 00:00

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