A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
JULY 2006: Fortress
One of the most memorable trips during our stay in Salvador, was the boat ride to the island of Itaparica. The journey lasted forty-five minutes over somewhat troubled water. The sometimes violent waves ignited some uncomfortable movements in the stomachs of some of our friends. They were clearly delighted when they were able to touch firm ground again. During our boat ride, we came along a remarkable fortress, which was located on a tiny island. It was the fortress of São Marcelo, which was built in 1624, as part of a defense strategy against Dutch invasions. The Dutch indeed managed to control part of the Brazilian colony. Mauríco de Nasssau had been ruling for twenty-five years, from Dutch Brazil’s capital, Recife. The picture above was not taken during the boat ride, but near the urban elevator – Elevador Lacerda -, through a hole in a wall that surrounded an urban park.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2006, 2014