The Church of the Mercies of Cima was built in 1773. On the front façade is a soapstone relief, representing the Virgin with open arms, protecting in her mantle the slaves of the Moors. Above her is a banderole with the text: venite ad me omnes qui laboratis et ego reficiam vos, a quite from St. Matthew, 11:28: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest".
Antonio Francisco Lisboa "O Aleijandinho" (Vila Rica [now Ouro Preto] 1738 - Vila Rica 1814), Colonial Brazil-born sculptor and architect, noted for his works on and in various churches of Brazil. The nickname Aleijadinho means 'little cripple'