On November 12, 2009 the MTFSO was also Churches, formal and informal. And after revisiting that post, I wondered how I could top it. What new churches I could show you? In February of this year, I featured one of my favorite churches to photograph in Friburgo Centro, the one severely damaged by the January 12th floods, so I’ve decided I have to take you farther away. If nothing else comes of this MTFSO at least I got to spend several hours looking through older posts, reading what I’ve written about Brasil and thoroughly enjoying myself.
I looked through many photos in the archives looking for just the right church to feature this week. The churches, that I’ve seen, in Brasil are nothing like the great cathedrals of Europe but the are in their own way just as beautiful. Often they have two steeples and are painted white with blue trim. These are ‘Portuguese’ churches. If you drive north and a little east of Nova Friburgo you can find the small town of Santa Maria Madalena. Traveling through country dotted with rolling hills and small farms, you finally wind your way into this clean, neat little community. The church is literally the center/ the highlight, the purpose for this town. (If you have a moment check back through my links to read more about these towns and their churches.) This church as a distinctively Scandinavian or German flavor.
As we walked around the town, which was around the church I could see the steeple from nearly every angle. Front to back, top to bottom a beautiful town and church.