A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
368: Cathedral roof
The construction of t he imperial city of Petrópolis started in 1843, when Pedro II issued a decree for a settlement, and for the construction of a summer palace. It is considered as the second planned – after Recife by the Dutch – city in Brazil. Initially, the mother church was planned near the imperial palace, according to the urbanization plan by Major Júlio Frederico Koeler. However, the construction of a new church was reconsidered and only in 1884, the current building of the cathedral was started. The Neo-Gothic building, inspired upon the classical Gothic churches in northern France. In 1925, the cathedral was inaugurated, and only in 1969, the church tower was completed. In 1921, the remains of emperor Pedro II and his wife, Teresa Christina, were buried in the cathedral. in 1971, the remains of Princess Isabel and her husband Gaston d”Eu were transferred to the imperial mausoleum. It is allowed to climb the cathedral tower, from where this picture was taken, showing t he red-tiled cathedral roof.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2012, 2017