A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
358: Praça da Estação
Praça Rui Barbosa, as it is named offically (after the Bahian politician), is one of the principal locations in Belo Horizonte. The cornerstone of this square was laid in 1894, even before the inauguration of the new capital of Minas Gerais. Ten years later, the square was urbanized, surrounded by English-style gardens. The neoclassic building of the railway station was inaugurated in 1922, and now hosts the Museu de Artes e Ofícios (Arts and Crafts Museum). Centrally located in this square is the monument of the Mineiro Civilization. Early 2000’s, the square became revitalized with new pavement, illumination and two large fountain blocks. The square hosts various festivals and cultural events, including the Arraial de Belô, a folkloric dance event held in June.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2012, 2017
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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