The Lacerda elevator has been working almost 140 years transporting visitors to the Bahia , more than 30,000 people per day, from the harbor area to the upper area, more than 90 meters high, where the city was constructed for defensive reasons. I used to take the elevator to go up, but felt like walking, and also recommend trying the funicular Gonçalves.
St. Louis is a city which was founded by French settlers, and then was taken by the Portuguese. The old city is of Portuguese architecture from the sixteenth century, but it's most interesting feature is the Lencois Park which is three hours drive from the capital of the state of Maranhao. This is an area of150 thousand hectares of sand dunes with fresh water and a blue lagoon.
The Altino Arantes building, popularly known as Torres Banespa, stands in the cntre of Sao Paulo and was one of the tallest buildings in the world when it was built in 1947. You can visit and climb to the 32nd floor, where you can go to the terrace, overlooking the entire megalopolis. Ideal for photography.
The orishas are descendants of Olòòrun divinities. The belief belongs to the religion Candomblé in Brazil but the belief is widespread in many countries like Cuba (Santeria). It has about a million followers worldwide. In Brazil there are 6 of the most important, each representing a day of the week and has a specific type of "protection". The most important in Brazil is Iamanjá or Goddess of the sea and they celebrate her day on the 2nd of February.
When I got to the capital of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, the 1st thing that struck me was how contemporary the city was, against which we had visited before in the state, like Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and Sao Joao del Rei. The reason is obvious, Belo Horizonte was founded in the year 1897, so it is barely a century old It replaced Ouro Preto as the capital, and its population now is over 2,000,000. The city has big gardens and avenues, and world famous structures, such as the residential building in the Praça da Liberdade, a project of Oscar Niemeyer executed between the years 1954 and 1960. I was happy to see the structure, as I am a fan of Niemeyer . He is the architect of Brasilia and of hundreds of landmarks all across the country of Brazil, such as Niteroi, and around the globe, for example his work with Le Corbusier in the design of the UN building in NYC in the year 1952. He is over 100 years old and is involved in many projects, such as the current one in Gijón, the Niemeyer Center, which will be a reference in cultural content and space associated with education and culture, and has an alliance with the UN.
THE ALEIJADINHO (The Cripple), was the name FRANCISCO ANTONIO was known as in LISBON, a sculptor, carver and architect, whose amazing work can be admired when you visit Ouro Preto. The ALEIJADINHO was born in Villa Rica in the year 1730 and died in the year 1804. He made sculptures in many materials, from wood to soapstone, a Brazilian construction material, also known as "soap stone" for its malleability. Most of his art is representative of BRAZILIAN COLONIAL and in his works there are ROCOCO characteristics, as well as style and GOTHIC CLASSIC. At the age of 40 he began to develop a degenerative disease of the upper and lower area and it is not known whether it was syphilis, leprosy, rheumatism or scurvy. That is what we contribute his nickname to: ALEIJADINHO (Cripple). The modern accounts say that in his later years, he was tied with working chisels, with bandages on his hands, in order to continue with their work ..... He left WONDERFUL WORK!
Congonhas is a tiny village that is in the state of Minas Gerais, 90 kilometers south of Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais. The highlight is the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, which is formed by the basilica, the prophets, the chapels of the steps, the chapel of the Blessed, the living miracles and headquarters of the sanctuary, this resort stand that adorn the sculptures, which were commissioned in the 18th century by Feliciano Mendez and were the setting of Aleijadinho Baroque. The Jubilee of Bom Jesus is celebrated every year from 7 to 14 September, where miners exposed the strong faith that they had for the Lord of Matosinhos, which is not only religious, but also to save one of the greatest assets in Brazil, which is made up of the 12 prophets in stone on the square of the basilica and 66 figures of cedar in the steps of passion. The construction of the chapels and in general the complex took 76 years. This site is of such historical and cultural importance was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.