With harmonious, very well preserved colonial architecture, and with tourism as its main source of income, Paraty has become a cultural center par excellence. Founded in 1667, Paraty was one of the most important ports in Brazil because it is part of the busy gold route of Minas Gerais and had its architectural ensemble listed by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN, acronym in Brazilian Portuguese) in 1958. In 2019, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, becoming the first mixed site in Brazil – historical and natural, and gaining important international projection. Since 2013 it has hosted the MIMO Festival and attracts crowds for the activities held at churches, squares, and cultural centers, such as Igreja da Matriz and Cinema da Praça.