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  • MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF VASSOURASVassouras is a not so old place, during years the colonial power prohibited the colonization of the region because it was the link between the mines of gold and the Rio and they were trying to prevent the gold smuggling. In Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • BARÃO DE CAMPO BELO SQUAREThe Square of Baron of Campo Belo is the main postcard of the city, it is surrounded by some nice rich houses and it is located in a big slope. In the top you can see the main church (Church Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • THE IVY'S HOUSEThis could be only a typical colonial rich house, but it is different because the ivy and because the woman who lived there. Joaquim Teixeira Leite was the son of Baron of Itambé and he became an important merchant of coffee Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • THE SINS OF COFFEEThe Ivy's House, as other of those rich houses of that area, had a public and a private part. In the public part the owner received the men who wanted to trade with him, frequently the owner of the house Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • A DINNER FOR 16This is the dinner hall of Ivy's House, located inside the private area of the house, the wall papers were recreated as they were in 1873. The house has an internal garden that ventilate and illuminate the house using its Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • EUFRÁSIA IN THE HALL OF THE MENDuring the social events, after the dinner, there were two different halls, one of them were the Women's Hall and the other was the Men's Hall, where each gender could to talk freely about their most preferred matters. This is the Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • THE BARONESS AND THE STUDENTSWhen I arrived in the house the guides told me it was the lunch time and in few minutes many groups of students would arrive and the house would be closed to received them only and they let me in Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • THALURANIA GLAUCOPISIn the next day I wanted to visit some of the old coffee farms of the region around Vassouras, but it wasn't a easy task, there are many of them but they only open the gates when a special number Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • CACHOEIRA GRANDE FARMIn the beginning of 19th century the king of Portugal wanted a new road between the mines of gold and Rio and the baron of Aiuruoca came to this region to build that road around 1820, with the help of Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • PRESERVING ART AND HISTORYIn the last post you saw a pair of artistic lamps around the door, this time I am showing it closer, because they are really beautiful. When a rich Italian businessperson living in Brazil saw this farm he became fascinated by Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • THE MAIN HALLAs I told you before, an Italian manufacturing rebuilt this house from the ruins, he was partner of the largest plant of tin used in food of Brazil, in the 1960's his partners weren't able to see the menace of Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • AN HISTORICAL DINNER ROOMThis is the dinner room, the table was ordered to be similar with the ones of the 19th century, it is seven meters long. In 1884 the owner of the house organized a meeting of the big coffee farmers of this Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • REMAINS OF THE PASTIt was a new day, my hotel discovered another farm that would open for visitation in that day, Santa Eufrásia Farm. I took a taxi and the taxi driver girl let me in inside the farm and she would come back Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • FAZENDA SANTA EUFRÁSIAThis is the only farmhouse of Vassouras protected by federal government as an historic treasure of Brazil. It was built around 1830 by the Commander Ezequiel Padilha Araújo and his brother Pedro. Ezequiel was famous in the region because the Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • THE CLAY OVEN AND THE AMARYLLISI was outside of the house, hunting more details for photos while waiting someone. A woman who worked in the farm crossed the area and told me soon they would open, they were waiting the rest of the group of Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • A BARONESS IN VIOLETAs I told you before, Santa Eufrásia Farm was created around 1830 and had many owners until 1905, when a rich man bought it and killed all the coffee plantation and transformed the farm in a ranch for raising cattle. Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • THE GREAT AUNT ALZIRINHAElizabeth , the owner of the Santa Eufrásia farm today, told us her aunt Alzira (Alzirinha) got this farm from her father in 1932. She was a single woman and had a curious sense of preservation of the house and its Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • SANTA EUFRÁSIA DINNER ROOMAs I told you before, most of the furniture of this farmhouse was lost after its long decay, after that aunt Alzirinha had the hard work of get other similar furniture and objects of 19th time to adorn the house Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • WHITE CROSS ABOVE VALENÇAIt was my last afternoon in Vassouras. There are dozens of historical farms in this region, but I hadn't any information about another farm I would be able to visit, then I contracted a taxi driver (a girl) and we Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • OUR LADY OF GLORY CATHEDRALMy taxi driver took me to the side of the cathedral of Our Lady of Glory and let me one hour only to explore the whole city. It was a pity the cathedral was closed. In this place it was the Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • VISCOUNT OF RIO PRETO PALACEThe central area of Valença is filled with many precious façades from 19th century, some of them are preserved, some of them are in ruins or are spoiled by wires and advertising placards. I left the cathedral, visited the gardens around Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • HOTEL VALENCIANOVALENTIAN HOTEL is one of the most beautiful samples of local architecture, located few meters far from the old railway station. I liked its curious architecture and in special of this coat of arms. See the branch of coffee and Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • RAILWAY STATION AND ITS BUSESThe railway station in Valença city is one of the most beautiful buildings we can see there. I saw it at first when I arrived and lost some time walking and hunting where it was. There are two sides. The Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • BARÃO DE JUPARANÃ RAILWAY STATIONBarão de Juparanã is a village located between Vassouras and Valença, near one of the most iconic rivers of Brazil, Paraíba do Sul, where the image of Lady Aparecida ,the patron saint of Brazil, was found, broken in three parts, Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
  • CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF PATROCÍNIOI was in the same village whose railway station I showed you before. Few meters ahead it was the local church (Church of Our Lady of Patrocínio), erguida em 1881 e inaugurada pelo imperador Pedro II e por sua esposa Posted by jmdias in Trip to Rio de Janeiro State | Feb 23, 2024
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