Igreja da Candelária, RIO DE JANEIRO (RJ)
The full name is ‘Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Candelária, one of the most beautiful churches in Rio de Janeiro. The name is derived from a Spanish ship, the ‘Candelária, which almost sank during a fierce storm. The Spanish crew fulfilled their oath, and constructed, around 1609, a small chapel in dedication of ‘Our Lady of Candelária’. A new church was constructed, and inaugurated in 1811, when Rio de Janeiro was the seat of the Kingdom of Portugal, the Algarves and Brazil. The church has a Baroque façade, and a mixture of Neoclassical and Neo-Renaissance decorations inside. The church has connections with modern Brazilian history, such as the protest campaign of ‘Diretas Já’ in 1984, with over a million people attending, demanding the end of the military government and free and direct presidential elections. Nine years later, in 1993, eight street children were murdered in front of the church.
The original picture was taken in October 2007.
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