Igreja São Francisco de Assis (Pampulha), BELO HORIZONTE (MG)
Without doubt, the small Igreja São Francisco de Assis in the Pampulha District, may be considered as one of the landmarks of Belo Horizonte. The light blue color, the tower and cross that are separated, the roof that consists of four round arcs. Architect Oscar Niemeyer – who died on 5 December 2012 at the age of 104 – designed the church, and a number of other buildings along an artificial lake, Lagoa da Pampulha. Oscar became more famous thanks to his participation in the construction of Brasília, capital of Brazil. Artist Cândido Portinari was responsible for the paintings inside and outside the church. The little garden was created by Roberto Burle Marx. The church was finished in 1943, but only in 1959, the church was consecrated. The archbishop of Belo Horizonte was opposed against the revolutionary design. Only recently, the church was renovated, and now attracts many Brazilian and foreign visitors.
The original picture was taken in June 2006
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