Brazil Destinations, Juiz de Fora

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Juiz de Fora, also known as J.F., is a city in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais,
approximately 40 kilometers from the state border with Rio de Janeiro. According to 2014 estimates
the current population is about 550,710 inhabitants. Headquarters of metallurgical industries and
universities, Juiz de Fora is the main city axis Rio de Janeiro­Belo Horizonte.
City reference in Zona da Mata, Juiz de Fora attracts residents from neighboring municipalities
because of the quality of educational institutions ­ among them the Federal University of Juiz de Fora
(UFJF) ­ the variety of services and also trade. In addition to the shopping malls, the city is home to
hundreds of shops in the center, spread across streets and many galleries leading into the Boardwalk
of Halfeld Street, one of the main meeting points of locals.
The Central Cine­Theatre is one of the most beautiful in the country, despite the discreet façade, the
art deco style, with sober and straight lines. Opened in 1929, displays sumptuous interior decoration
signed by the Italian painter Angelo Bigi. The ceiling and walls drawings, inspiration in classical
antiquity brings nymphs scenes in romantic gardens. Other highlights medallions with the effigies of
the great masters of music ­ Wagner, Verdi, Beethoven and Carlos Gomes. The 2,300 seats are
divided into audience, gallery, noble counter and cabins.
One of the newest attractions in town is the Museum of Modern Art Murilo Mendes, opened in 2005.
The old and modernist building of the rectory UFJF brings together the collection that belonged to the
poet and art critic Murilo Mendes, born in the city in 1901. There are temporary exhibitions of the
collections, which includes works made between 1940 and 1960 by artists like Guignard, Portinari,
Picasso and Miro. Stretch the ride to the Space Mascarenhas, a cultural center that works in an old
textile factory.
On the outskirts, the highlight is the Morro do Imperador (Emperor’s Hill), postcard of the city, with
panoramic views. It is also worth visiting Usina de Marmelos Zero ­ The first hydroelectric plant in
South America. The project carried out by Bernardo Mascarenhas, important industrial in the city, was
inaugurated in 1889. Located in the old highway Uniao e industria, it has been transformed into
cultural space with facilities and architectural style preserved.
Juiz de Fora is also famous for its busy nightlife. The many students fill the bars in Bairro Alto dos
Passos and nightclubs such as Privilege, one of the biggest clubs in the country; and the Cultural Bar,
with intense schedule of shows. Among the events, the most competitive are the Miss Gay Brazil in
August ­ apart from the competition, there are Gay Parade and lectures ­ and the International
Festival of Brazilian Colonial Music and Ancient Music, which brings together musicians from different
countries in July.

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