Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Olinda - Brazil

I've a few cards from Olinda but i think this is the 1st i'm posting here. This card was sent by Déa a few days ago.
The Historic Centre of Olinda was inscribed on the Unesco WHS list in 1982.
Olinda is a historic city in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, located on the country's northeastern Atlantic Ocean coast.
Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, the town’s history is linked to the sugar-cane industry. Rebuilt after being looted by the Dutch, its basic urban fabric dates from the 18th century. The harmonious balance between the buildings, gardens, 20 Baroque churches, convents and numerous small passos (chapels) all contribute to Olinda’s particular charm. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/189

Joaquim Theodoro Filho
Olinda's main church started out as a chapel and was rebuilt as a church in 1548. Located in the higher part of town, in an area named Alto da Sé (Main Church Heights), the church is one of the best spots in Olinda for panoramic views and photos.
The church was severely damaged during the fire set to Olinda by the Dutch in 1631. Reconstruction in the 18th century gave it gothic elements, but several styles have influenced it through successive renovations. - in: http://gobrazil.about.com/od/olinda/ss/Se-Church-Olinda.htm

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