A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
319: View from Casa da Glória
Diamantina is a historic mining town at about three hundred kilometers from Belo Horizonte. Although the lion’s share of the Federal University of the state of Minas Gerais is in the capitals Pampulha Campus, some small institutes are located in other cities. Among them is the Institute of Geological Sciences (Instituto Casa da Glória). The site was built at the end of the eighteenth century, and was inhabited by Dona Josefa Maria da Glória. Eventually, it was inhabited by bishops, and by the religious order of Saint Vincent de Paul. When this order took possession of a house across the street, a wooden crossed walkway (‘passadiço’) was built between the two houses. The photo was taken from this walkway. The building also has housed a notorious orphanage and a girls’ school.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2011, 2017