A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
302: Igreja Matriz
Aquidauana is a very large municipality (slightly more than half of the country’s territory of Belgium), at about 140 km west of Campo Grande, capital of Mato Grosso do Sul. The first non-indigineous inhabitants were soldiers of the Brazilian empire who settled in this region after the defeat of Paraguay in the bloody Paraguayan War (1864-1870). One of the most striking buildings in Aquidauana is undoubtedly the Igreja Matriz, full: Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceição (Our Lady of Immaculate Conception). This church, built in 1930, is clearly inspired upon Gothic architecture. The rear of this church is visible on the picture, with the two towers in the background.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2011, 2017