86) The church of Carmo was built in 1758 by the diamond contractor João Fernandes to his slave mistress Chica da Silva, who dominated the social and political scene during a large part of the diamond boom years of the Eighteenth century. Chica had the bell tower placed at the back so she could sleep in the mornings.86) A Igreja do Carmo foi construída em 1758 pelo empreiteiro de diamantes João Fernandes para sua escrava amante Chica da Silva, a qual dominou a cena social e política durante largo período dos anos áureos do diamante no século XVIII. A torre com os sinos da igreja foram colocados, a pedido de Chica, no fundo da igreja, para que ela pudesse dormir pelas manhãs.
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