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Igreja de Sao Franciso

 

From Wikipedia: 

"The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis, commonly known as the Igreja da Pampulha) is a church in the Pampulha region of Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil. It was designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the organic modern style. It is the first listed modern architectural monument in Brazil and consists of four undulating concrete parabolas with outdoor mosaics.

 

The church was controversial from the beginning. The mayor of Belo Horizonte, Juscelino Kubitschek, was the patron of the project. Niemeyer said that he was inspired by the French Poet Paul Claudel's statement: "A church is God's hangar on earth," but Time Magazine wrote that the Archbishop of Belo Horizonte, Antonio dos Santos Cabral, saw it as "the devil's bomb shelter." Despite its completion in 1943 and Kubitschek's call for its consecration, it was not consecrated until 1959; Archbishop Cabral opposed both its architectural and artistic forms, particularly the mural of St. Francis behind the altar painted by Candido Portinari. He proclaimed the church "unfit for religious purposes."

 

Scanned slide from 1979. In black and white because the colours had deteriorated badly - the greens had turned red-brown.  Seems odd to say that Minas Gerais is "southeastern Brazil" - looks more like central to me!

Igreja de Sao Franciso

 

From Wikipedia: 

"The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis, commonly known as the Igreja da Pampulha) is a church in the Pampulha region of Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil. It was designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the organic modern style. It is the first listed modern architectural monument in Brazil and consists of four undulating concrete parabolas with outdoor mosaics.

 

The church was controversial from the beginning. The mayor of Belo Horizonte, Juscelino Kubitschek, was the patron of the project. Niemeyer said that he was inspired by the French Poet Paul Claudel's statement: "A church is God's hangar on earth," but Time Magazine wrote that the Archbishop of Belo Horizonte, Antonio dos Santos Cabral, saw it as "the devil's bomb shelter." Despite its completion in 1943 and Kubitschek's call for its consecration, it was not consecrated until 1959; Archbishop Cabral opposed both its architectural and artistic forms, particularly the mural of St. Francis behind the altar painted by Candido Portinari. He proclaimed the church "unfit for religious purposes."

 

Scanned slide from 1979. In black and white because the colours had deteriorated badly - the greens had turned red-brown.  Seems odd to say that Minas Gerais is "southeastern Brazil" - looks more like central to me!

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Feb 2016, 03:13
It is a fine building, Tom...a hangar I would be proud to house my quadcopter in.
Tom Wilson: Might be a bit too crowded inside for you, Ray -)
  • Martine
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2016, 03:58
Les formes sont très originales.
Tom Wilson: Oui, c'est vrai, merci, Martine.
Well I like it!
Tom Wilson: Mmm - me too!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Feb 2016, 06:46
Good grief..
Tom Wilson: Grief can be good - gets it out of the system smile
Before I started reading your text, Tom, the thought of Hobbit homes had come to mind (even if a bit to large). smile
Tom Wilson: Hobbits! This is Brazil's finest modern architect you are demeaning here, Ginnie! Died a couple of years ago aged I think, 104 smile
I must admit I quite like it Tom!
Tom Wilson: Me too, Richard
It looked familiar so I looked it up. I think it is beautiful and in modern pictures it shows how it sits on a site that matches the wavy pattern .
Tom Wilson: Yes, it's beside a lake or river - not sure which - but a very nice location.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Feb 2016, 11:01
He must have been influence by the Quonset huts, widely used in the UK at the time smile
Tom Wilson: You may have discovered his secret, Louis!
Organic concrete now that is a first !
Tom Wilson: Not something I'd heard of before!
It is certainly different Tom
Tom Wilson: It is that, Bill - nothing else like it.
i can imagine quite a bit of animated discussion about this structure. but i like your shot a lot, Tom
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ayush - Niemeyer was a brilliant architect.
it is different Tom... i kind of like it... Saint Francis of Assisi was a humble man and i'm sure that he would approve it....petersmile

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