A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
SEPTEMBER 2007: Vila Velha
Vila Velha (‘Old City’) is the oldest city and former capital of the state of Espírito Santo. The city is located 12 km south of Vitória. One of the main sightings in Vila Velha is Convento da Penha. The convent, founded in 1558 is located on top of a 154 m high mountain that is still covered with remains of the once widespread present Atlantic forest. There are two ways to the top and the convent: a paved path – with many stairs – for pedestrians only, and a paved road that is also accessible for motorized traffic. From the convent, one may be amazed by breathtaking views of the entire city of Vila Velha, the city of Vitória, the bridge connecting both cities, and the Atlantic Ocean. From this barred window, the city of Vila Velha can be seen, with the focus on Praia da Costa Beach, which is flanked by numerous hotels and towers.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2007, 2015