Above, student Signe H. at the statue of Tirandentes.
Tiradentes is a municipality in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
The original village was established in 1702 and became a city on 19 January 1718. It was named after “Tiradentes”, as an hommage to Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, known as Tiradentes, a national hero, who was born there.
Tiradentes was a leading member of the Brazilian revolutionary movement known as the Inconfidência Mineira whose aim was full independence from the Portuguese colonial power and to create a Brazilian republic. When the plan was discovered, Tiradentes was arrested, tried and publicly hanged. Since the 19th century he has been considered a national hero of Brazil and patron of the Military Police. The former name of the city was São José del Rey and it changed as soon as Brazil transitioned from a Monarchy to a Republic. (Wikipedia)
It has been acclaimed as an unspoiled example of colonial architecture.
In this picture, Cohort 3, Bruno Marques (UFSJ), and other students with the well-known Brazilian actor and director Mateus Nachtergaele, who lives in Tiradentes. Nachtergaele has starred in numerous Brazilian films, including the 1997 film Four Days in September and the 2002 film City of God.
On the left, the students at the statue of Tiradentes and above at one of the many museums in the city.