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It was a sunny summer afternoon and the sky reflected in the glass windows of "Manhattan Tower" Building (one of the many skyscrapers built along Rio Branco Avenue, Rio de Janeiro's Downtown main street) looked really nice!
Here we can see two of São Paulo's most important landmarks: (1) Right side: Páteo do Collégio (School Yard) Building, a replica (1953) of the old Jesuit School erected on the place where São Paulo was founded, in 1554. (2) Background: Altino Arantes Building (also known as BANESPA Tower), inaugurated in 1947. Tallest buiding in town until 1967, from its 161 meters high observatory it's possible to experience a 360 degrees view of up to 40 km of the impressive urban scenary of the city.
São Paulo Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as "Sé Church", is situated in the very heart of the city, close to the place where it was born, in 1554. Its construction started in 1913 and finished in 2002, when its original neogothical project, by German architect Maximilian Emil Hehl, was finally concluded. However, it was inaugurated in 1954, still without its towers. In the same place, in 1551, it was established the city's first Parish, known as the "Old Sé", demolished in 1911.
The Portuguese Library of Salvador was established in 1863, as a cultural association of the city's numerous Portuguese inmigrants. Its current headquarters, located at Piedade Square, were inaugurated in 1918, in a gorgeous "neomanuelino" building, consisting in one of the prettiest examples of this architectural style outside Portugal. This pic shows a detail of the main façade: the statues of Pedro Álvares Cabral, navigator who "discovered" Brazil, in 1500, and Luiz de Camões, the most important classical writer in Portuguese language.
Here is another view of São Francisco de Assis Church (1774-1804), in São João del-Rei, one of the XVIII Century's Minas Gerais State Gold Rush towns. It is a baroque architecture jewel and stands as the city's number one landmark.
São Francisco de Assis Church (1774-1804), located in São João del-Rei, one of the XVIII Century's Minas Gerais State Gold Rush towns, is a baroque architecture jewel and stands as the city's number one landmark.
In its steep streets, beautiful Tiradentes (XVII/XVIII Centuries) shows some treasures of Portuguese Colonial Architecture, as we can see in the plain façades of these old houses.
This is the Parish Church of Santo Antônio, in Tiradentes, from another perspective. Tiradentes, one of the towns originated during the XVIII Century gold rush in Minas Gerais, is famous nowadays for its colonial and baroque architecture and for its cultural life.
This is the Parish Church of Santo Antônio (XVIII Century), in Tiradentes, one of the most beautiful historical cities of Minas Gerais State. It is a Minas Baroque jewel, important for its entranceway and large doors, designed by Aleijadinho (Antônio Francisco Lisboa, Brazilian most important sculptor), and for its altar, a golden extravaganza.
Here is another view of "Estação da Luz" (Light's Railway Station), in Downtown São Paulo. Time to get back home, after a hard day working in the very heart of this megalopolis. Many people don't pay attention to the nice sunset, making promises of a good evening.
El Faro I and El Faro II twin towers are Argentina's tallest buildings, 160 meters high, located in Puerto Madero, a new district, on the shores of La Plata River.
Puerto Madero is a modern district, built in the former docks of the beautiful Argentine capital, on the shores of La Plata River. One of its main landmarks is the pedestrian "Bridge of the Woman" (160 meter long), by famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
This is another view of famous pedestrian "Bridge of the Woman" (160 meter long), by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, inaugurated in 2000, in Puerto Madero, a modern district built in the former docks of Buenos Aires.
An important landmark of recent Buenos Aires urban renewal, the pedestrian "Bridge of the Woman" (160 meter long), by famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, was inaugurated in 2000, in Puerto Madero, a modern district built in the former docks of the beautiful Argentine capital.
The elegant profile of "Santa Luzia" Church, a Portuguese colonial architecture's jewel (1752), in Downtown Rio de Janeiro, contrasts with it's modern neighbours.
Another detail of the "Moorish Pavilion" (1917), building which hosts the Oswaldo Cruz Institute Foundation - Fiocruz, an important research center in medicine and health.
Internal detail of the "Moorish Pavilion", by portuguese architect Luis de Moraes Júnior, inaugurated in 1917 to host what today is one of the world's main research centers in medicine and health, the Oswaldo Cruz Institute Foundation - Fiocruz. The beautiful building is located in the district of Manguinhos.
This pic shows, reflected in the glass windows of another buiding, a part of "Palácio Avenida" Building facade, one of Curitiba's famous landmarks, constructed in 1929. Every year, in December, it is decorated for Christmas and attracts many visitors with sound and light shows.
Some contrasts in Downtown Rio: the modern San Sebastian Cathedral (1972); the old District of Lapa, a night life neighbourhood, where restaurants, bars, music & dance clubs abound; and, on the background, Santa Teresa Hill, a charming residential neighbourhood, full of restaurants, art galleries and ateliers.
Inaugurated in 1909, the Colón (Columbus) Opera House is considered as one of the world's largest and best theatres. It's a first class Buenos Aires' landmark.
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