Igreja de Santa Cruz dos Militares, Rio de Janeiro

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  • Located in downtown Rio, is very well preserved. Its interior is beautiful, with pieces carved in wood. Its facade follows the constructions of the Pombaline era, does not have a tower in front.
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  • The current church site was originally occupied by a Fort, the Fort of Santa Cruz, the Portuguese Colonial Army military unit, built on the waterfront by the Governor Martim Correia de Sá in the early 17th century. Between 1623 and 1628, being strong in disuse, built in a chapel in which the military town founded a brotherhood. Were protectors of the brotherhood d. João VI, d. Pedro I (which awarded him the title of Imperial) and d. Pedro II, while among the providers include Martim Correia de Sá, Luís Alves de Lima e Silva (Duke of Caxias, patron of the Brazilian Army) and count of Eu. There is a plaque in the Church which tells that this began to be erected in 9/1/1770 to replace the chapel. The Italianate facade is unusual in the architecture. Already at that time began to sense the neoclassical influence in the city, but this is one of the last Baroque buildings of the old Rio. Although it has not renounced to a tower, this is in the back of the Church, across the street from the Ombudsman. The interior, clear and soft shapes, contrasts to the outside, with contrasting materials, dark stone, marble and trailer. Vale registrar that a 1923 fire destroyed the original altarpiece of the main Chapel of mestre Valentim. In 1870, Mestre Antônio de Pádua e Castro reaproveitou what's left and made a new decoration, again modified by 1914 reform. In modern decoration, all white, the stuccoes mingle with the hoist. The emblem of the Empire with its symbols and military decorations listed together the floral motifs. In the corridor leading to the sacristy, align tables representing important military providers and a series of small plaque in memory of the brothers benefactors. Really, it's a decorative setting that draws attention. Normally if you see reasons exclusively religious in Catholic churches, while in that there are elements depicting its military patrons. I always think there are too many of these churches decoration neat, but it doesn't bother me, because I want to see them preserved for what they represent in terms of the memory of the country, in all respects, historical, cultural, architectural and religious. There are some very interesting, such as alluding that inform that the remains of the Duque de Caxias were there, before being driven to the Pantheon of the army, as well as those of the Comte d'eu, who today are in the Cathedral of Petrópolis, along with Princess Elizabeth, his wife.
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  • In addition to the preservation copy, this century-old church offers the faithful and tourists a very efficient security scheme, with vigilantes in a suit in the main entries. It may not look it, but it is important in a region not so safe. The Church is beautiful. Aspects of its construction still guard for two centuries. Worth a visit,
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