A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
JANUARY 2007: Monument at Praça do Papa
This apparently flaming cross is located at Praça do Papa, near the entrance of Mangabeiras Park in Belo Horizonte. Until the open air mass – held by late Pope John Paul II in 1980 -, this square was called Praça Israel Pinheiro, named after a governor of the state of Minas Gerais, of which Belo Horizonte is the capital. The mass was witnessed by hundreds of thousands, who heard the Pope’s legendary words: “Que Belo Horizonte!”. As a reminder of this memorable mass a monument was erected 9 (designed by Ricardo Carvão) , including this cross. Behind the cross is a high metal bar, which is illuminated at night. Until 22 December, the square hosted the ‘Vila dos Sonhos’ (Village of Dreams) event, which attracted many children (and their parents) with enchanting decorations and an interesting entertainment program.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2007, 2015