Saturday, August 9, 2008
EUROPEAN HISTORY IN THE TROPICS
Many people when they come to Rio they think about sunny beaches, very beautiful people in short bikinis and very tiny bath suits...men and women are in the beach to show their best bodies...Everyone think that in Rio we have the high energy of Ipanema, the famous Copacabana. Green hills everywhere. People come to Rio to see the Christ on the top of a hill, they know they will see the SUGAR LOAF. But they simply not know about some hidden european treasures spread out in the older parts of the city!!!
Rio has a massive portuguese influence and this could be easily seen in just one morning walking in the city centre. Rio will show you a deep relationship with Portugal and the main european royal families starting with the ORLEANS and STRASBURG.
A walking tour in Rio will make you see the magnificent mixing of races that just our people can have..the interesting mix with european and black, blacks and indians, indians and portuguese, or just european types. Showing you that life in Rio is cool, that we do not really have racial problems!
A visit to Rio you can come across with one of the most impressive churches that we have in South America. The Candelaria Church...we start building that church with a little chapel in 1609. Thanks for the idea of a very wealthy spanish couple which lives were saved in a sinking spanish gallion in the coast of Rio, and from the years of 1727 to 1811 we finally could finish the construction of one of the most beautiful churches in Brazil.
We still do not know why CANDELARIA is not the CATHEDRAL OF RIO, but it is very important in our people life, all the most traditional families desire to get married there, all the most important catholic events are held in Candelaria. But after getting to the church and see the wonderful paintings on the roof, incredible creations of many brazilian and italian artists, after seeing the amazing italian and iranian marbles everywhere, very old images of saints made in Portugal more than 300 years ago, after seeing angels made of noble woods and many sculptures coverd with gold you will realize that CANDELARIA is for sure one of the uniques attractions of Rio!!!
COME TO RIO TO SEE LOTS OF WILDLIFE BUT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE VERY SURPRISED WITH THE UNKNOWN WONDERS OF RIO!!!!
Candelaria is for sure THE PLACE!!!!! :)
Marg was very surprised and she could show her "angel side" while visiting the old parts of Rio.
I am so honored to have such a wonderful australian friend WITH VERY HOT ITALIAN BLOOD!!!
If you really want to see a different Rio, for sure you can contact me and we will still continue to find some very interesting surprises that only Rio can give to you!!!
RAFAEL TORRES LOPES