Destination Maceió, second travel to the capital of the state of Alagoas.
Impressions of the center of Maceió: Museu Théo Brandão, Casa de Jorge de Lima, Catedral Metropolitana, Palácio Floriano Peixoto.
Museu Théo Brandão
Rua do Imperador
We left the historical district of Jaraguá behind us, followed the avenida long the shoreline, and entered Rua do Imperador, in the direction of the center of Maceió. At the right side, we noticed a beautiful building: Museu Théo Brandão, a museum of arts and folklore from Alagoas. The building had the architectural characteristics of the eclectic style, and was previously named Palacete dos Machados. We didn’t visit the museum, but we continued our walk to another interesting building. Another museum, about the life and works of Alagoan poet Jorge Mateus de Lima. The museum already had closed the doors at two pm, and therefore we only could order some coffee in the small bistro.
Casa de Jorge de Lima
Jorge de Lima
Jorge Mateus de Lima may be considered as one of the most important Alagoan poets and authors. Jorge was born in 1893 (other sources mention 1895) in União dos Palmares, Alagoas. At a young age, Jorge moved, together with his family, to Maceió. He studied Medicine in Salvador and then moved to Rio de Janeiro. He already wrote his first poems at an early age. After a short while in Maceió, Jorge returned to Rio to live there and dedicated himself to painting and plastic arts. We was also a congressman for the state of Alagoas. Despite his literary talents, he was refused six times to join the prestigious Academia Brasileira de Letras. Jorge died in 1953.
We continued the Rua do Imperador and arrived at Catedral Metropolitana. The formal name of this cathedral is Catedral Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, dedicated to the patron saint of the city of Maceió. The fundamental stone for the cathedral was laid in 1840 (other sources mention 1821). Before, there was a chapel on this location, and it was replaced by a Matriz, a church of regional importance. The construction of the cathedral was halted for some years, but the inauguration took place in 1859. Since then, the cathedral has undergone few modifications. The main altar is made from cedar wood, and is flanked by the altars of São Sebastião and São Miguel. Recently, the Federal Ministry of Culture had liberated funding for the restoration of the cathedral.
It was late in the afternoon, when we left he cathedral and crossed the large square. At the other side of this square was a building in the eclectic style, a palace named after the second president of Brazil: Palácio Floriano Peixoto. The construction was started in 1893, and was halted several times. At present, the palace serves as a museum and hosts furniture from Floriano’s era.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom
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