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photoblog image Church of Saint Francis Xavier, Ouro Preto.

Church of Saint Francis Xavier, Ouro Preto.

 

Ouro Preto (which means "black gold") is one of the oldest Portuguese settlements in Brazil, founded at the end of the 17th century.  It grew rich on the profits of gold mining and was the capital of Minas Gerais state until 1897, when the planned city of Belo Horizonte replaced it.  It is now a Unesco World Heritage site because of the richness of its baroque architecture. The 1979 slide was so dirty and so degraded that rescue via black and white was the only possibility.  I made an mistake on putting this up - it is not the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, of St. Francis Xavier.

Church of Saint Francis Xavier, Ouro Preto.

 

Ouro Preto (which means "black gold") is one of the oldest Portuguese settlements in Brazil, founded at the end of the 17th century.  It grew rich on the profits of gold mining and was the capital of Minas Gerais state until 1897, when the planned city of Belo Horizonte replaced it.  It is now a Unesco World Heritage site because of the richness of its baroque architecture. The 1979 slide was so dirty and so degraded that rescue via black and white was the only possibility.  I made an mistake on putting this up - it is not the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, of St. Francis Xavier.

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Feb 2016, 03:12
You have made a fine recovery, Tom, and the grandeur of the building is obvious!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray - the recovery made it look absolutely antique!
This is wonderful! I think the quality of this image is just perfect - it should look like this!!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth.
No matter how bad you say your slides are, Tom, they are coming to life before our eyes. This is fun and informative.
Tom Wilson: Glad you like them, Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Feb 2016, 07:20
Well done for rescuing it Tom, a fine looking place
Tom Wilson: A very interesting place altogether, Chris.
Simply wonderful Tom! You did very well here.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Richard - it came out looking almost like an authentic 19th century pic!
Looks a lot like the church i GREW UP IN.
Tom Wilson: Really!? But not in Brazil, I assume smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Feb 2016, 13:12
An excellent recovery of this beautiful site.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Louis
Like a scene from an old western, Tom, an impressive building.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Frank - yes, it's got a bit of an antique look to it!
nice documentation, Tom. beautiful architecture.
Tom Wilson: Ouro Preto was amazingly rich at one time - now relies on the tourist trade smile
Looks like you had a plate camera on this trip Tom
Tom Wilson: I'm not sure what the camera was, Bill - may have been my old Ricoh SLR, or my first Canon SLR, the A1 - but, you are right - could be a 19th century plate from a travel book smile
I am glad you fixed it...
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Larry. smile
i enjoyed the history of the site Tom and you were still able to process the slide into this great composition of the scene....petersmile
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Peter - glad you like it smile

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