Destination São Luís, capital of the state of Maranhão.
Alcântara Peninsula: Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo
On a Sunday morning, a catamaran carried us to the other side of Baía de São Marcos, a distance of more than fifty km. On the peninsula is the historical city of Santo Antônio de Alcântara, a large open air museum.
Alcântara is a peninsula northwest of São Luís Island, divided by Baia de São Marcos.
We left Rua de Amargura and its dramatic history behind us. We already had observed a clear white building that was flanked by lush green. The obvious, white building of Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church. The white plaster is in sharp contrast with the dominating reddish brown ruins and the intense green color of lush green vegetation. Very white, without traces of moss or graffiti.
The church was constructed between 1660 and 1690. Many azuleijos (small blue-white tiles) were used inside the church. The gilded altar in Rococo style dated back from the second half of the 18th century. At the end of the 19th century, the church had evolved into a ruin, but was rebuilt since then. The most recent renovation dates back from 1986.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom
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