Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cards from Brazil

The last cards of this week arrived from Brazil. Karina "kazinhabueno" hosted a lottery on the portuguese community and decided to send cards to everyone who've joined it. I got my cards on thursday.

"The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi is a Rococo Catholic church in Ouro Preto.
Its erection began in 1766 after a design by the great Brazilian architect and sculptor António Francisco Lisboa, the so-called Aleijadinho, who also designed the carved decorations inside, which were only finished towards the end of the 19th century. The circular bell towers and the oculus closed by a relief were original features in religious architecture of that time in Brazil.
The façade has a single entrance door under a fine stone frontispiece, surmounted by a relief depicting Saint Francis receiving the stigmata. The interior is richly decorated with golden woodwork, statues and paintings, and the wooden ceiling displays a beautiful painting by Manuel da Costa Athayde on a Marian subject, one of his best works." - in:
This chrch was recently elected as one of the 7 Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World.

The second card is from the Mel Island in Paraná state with the Conchas Lighthouse.
"The lighthouse was built 1872, ordered by the King Dom Pedro II and it was brought from England to Ilha do Mel. It is a working lighthouse used to orient boats entering in the Paranaguá Bay. From that spectacular height you get a lovely view of various beaches and also the point where the island separates. The lighthouse has featured in films due to its beauty." - in:

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