Monday, December 29, 2014

Many Themes RR - Group 1621 (Xiru)

Sérgio, from Brazil, sent these cards from Santos Dumond, a city in the Minas Gerais state, Rio de Janeiro and Petrópolis, both in Rio de Janeiro state. 

Foto: Paulo Laborne
Cabangu Museum is located 16 kilometres from the city centre of Santos Dumont. Is dedicated to the memory of Santos Dumont, a Brazilian aviation pioneer. The place still preserves the house where he was born, personal objects, pictures and the Aviation Museum. The museum also contains the ashes of the first woman pilot of Brazilian aviation, Anésia Pinheiro Machado.

Foto: Paulo Laborne
Erected in 1743, the palace became a Royal Palace  in 1808, when the court of Prince Regent John VI arrived in Rio, escaping the invasion of Portugal by Napoleon. He transformed the building into a residence of the Portuguese royal family. Since then, important events tool place in the palace. In January 9th, 1822 the Prince Regent Peter I announced his refusal to return to Portugal and his decision to remain on in an independent Brazil. In in May 13th, 1888, Princess Isabel signed the Lei Áurea, the law that abolished slavery in the country. 
Since 1984 the Paço Imperial has been an important cultural center, hosting temporary art exhibitions of painting, sculpture, cinema, music, etc. It also houses the Paulo Santos Library, specializing in art, architecture and engineering, and also containing several rare books from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

Foto: Paulo Laborne
The Palácio Rio Negro is a palace located in Petrópolis. It is one of the official residences of the Presidents of Brazil. 
The building was built in 1889 to be the summer residence of Manoel Gomes de Carvalho, the Baron of Rio Negro. 
In 1903, the Palace was incorporated to the Federal Government and became the official summer residence of the Presidents of Brazil. 
The palace was more frequently used when the city of Rio de Janeiro was the Capital of Brazil. Since the transfer of the seat of Government to the newly founded Capital City of Brasília, in 1960, use of Rio Negro Palace declined sharply. The palace was not used at all in the 1970s and 1980s although President Fernando Henrique Cardoso resumed use of the palace for brief vacations in the 1990s. Today, Rio Negro Palace is rarely used. - in: wikipedia

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