Watch Day at Serra da Moeda was celebrated on April 21, 2014. Watch Day was launched in 2012 as part of the World Monuments Watch program to provide an opportunity for people to engage with Watch sties in their local communities with the goal of deepening appreciation for these important places. Events are supported wholly or in part by WMF.

Serra da Moeda is an imposing mountain range and cultural landscape that extends through eight municipalities in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Occupied for many centuries, the area contains diverse cultural resources and historic sites dating to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Many communities of descendants of runaway slaves, called quilombos, are scattered throughout the site; their traditional harvest festivals and dance ceremonies still take place and are part of the site’s intangible heritage. The mountains are also the backdrop for important heritage sites in the neighboring municipalities, including the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Matosinhos, a World Heritage Site where the iconic baroque sculptures by Aleijadinho face Serra da Moeda. Learn more: wmf.org/project/serra-da-moeda

Credits: Associação para a Recuperação e Conservação Ambiental

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