This is Madero avenue in Mexico City downtown. Madero avenue used to be opened for cars, now it is a promenade. This avenue will lead you to the Zocalo, the main plaza of the city (195mts x 240mts). Next to Zocalo is the Cathedral which is the largest in Latin America. It took 250 years to be built. I think I will write a post about the Cathedral.
I took these photos not long ago… well, add to that one year.
I edited them with a bit of colour since this is how they do presentations, also included one of his songs, not recent but I didn’t find new songs nor know if they are still a group.
One thing is for sure, they have lots of fun when they play!
ps. This new WP editor is not the best ever.
pss. Yes, my photos.
A sugarloaf was the usual form in which refined sugar was produced and sold until the late 19th century, when granulated and cube sugars were introduced. A tall cone with a rounded top was the end product of a process in which dark molasses, a rich raw sugar that was imported from sugar-growing regions such as the Caribbean and Brazil,was refined into white sugar.
I just learned that they it has a similar shape to that of the mountain Sugar Loaf.
These are the corridors up on the mountain
J’ai décidé d’écrire cette note en français pour prouver que quelque chose de nouveau peut être appris en très peu de temps (six mois).
Je vais sûrement avoir beaucoup d’erreurs, mais aussi beaucoup de valeur.
L’année dernière, je suis allé à Paris pour un voyage d’affaires et j’ai découvert une belle ville.
Maintenant, j’ai deux problèmes: je dois retourner à Paris et je dois apprendre plus de français.
Bonne chance à moi!
(J’ai pris cette photo lors d’une activité de team building sur la rivière Sienne.)
The Cathedral of Brasilia (Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida) was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, with structural calculation by engineer Joaquim Cardoso, it was the first monument to be created in Brasilia.
Its founding stone was emplaced on September 12, 1958 and its construction was completed on May 31, 1970.
Its structure was ready in 1960, and only the circular area of seventy meters in diameter appeared, from which sixteen concrete columns (pillars of parabolic section) were raised in a hyperboloid format, weighing ninety tons.
On May 31, 1970 it was inaugurated de facto, already with transparent external glasses.
Four bronze sculptures three meters high, representing the evangelists; the sculptures were made by Alfredo Ceschiatti with the help of the sculptor Dante Croce in 1968.
The sculptures would lead you the entrance below the ground of the Basilica.
Inside the nave are the sculptures of three angels suspended by steel cables. The dimensions and weight of the sculptures are 2.22 m in length and 100 kg the least; 3.40 m long and 200 kg the average;
and 4.25 m in length and 300 kg the largest.
This hyperboloid structure is constructed of concrete, and it would seem that with its glass roof it was raised open towards the sky. The Niemeyer project of the Cathedral of Brasilia was based on the hyperboloids of revolution, where the sections are asymmetrical.
By itself, this structure is the result of sixteen identical assembled concrete columns. Each column has a hyperbolic section and weighs 90 tons, the set represents two hands moving towards the sky. The cathedral has four bells donated by Spanish residents in Brasilia in 1968. These bells were cast in Miranda de Ebro, Spain.
On the photo below, lower left corner you can see a couple of persons so you can appreciate the dimensions of the structure.
There is a replica of La Pieta that is in Saint Peter’s Basilica.
This is a high view of the Burle Marx Garden in Brasilia, Brasil. At the very far back you can see or could see for the trained eye (ha!) the National Congress buildings, also on previous post.
On weekends you can go into the Brasilia TV tower, as high as about the middle of it there is a platform where you can see all around the city. It is not covered, so if it rains you will get wet. And yes, it rained that day.
This is Brazil’s National Congress and it also houses the Federal Senate. In Brasilia there are many State Departments and Ministries like: Transportation, Tourism, Defense, IRS, etc.
I had a hard time which photo to show first, whether the one in B&W or the one in color, each facing different directions. At the end I added both since they are different sights of the place, which was designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
(Text taken from the official Sanctuary Site in portuguese here.)
The Dom Bosco Sanctuary is one of the most well-known Churches in Brasilia and one of the most frequent images in the postcards of that city. It occupies a good part of Quadra 702 South, in a very central position in the Pilot Plane.
Built in honor of the patron of Brasília, São João Belchior Bosco, the Sanctuary has 80 columns of 16 meters and is decorated by stained glass in 12 shades of blue. In the interior, a chandelier of 3.5 m of height, formed by 7,400 pieces of murano glass, symbolizes Jesus, the light of the world. Doors produced in iron and bronze, with low reliefs, resemble the life of Dom Bosco.
Chandelier of the Dom Bosco Sanctuary
The construction of the Shrine was an initiative of the Salesian Congregation. Under the inspiration of the dream of Dom Bosco with Brasilia, it was also erected in honor of the Holy of Youth, a small hermitage (chapel) in front of the Paranoá Lake.
The Sanctuary was elected one of the seven wonders of Brasilia in 2008 by the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals (IBOCC), an entity based in Barcelona. With this title the Sanctuary was included by the Government of the Federal District in the tourist route of Brasília.
Although from the beginning it was called the Sanctuary of Dom Bosco, the official decree naming the parish of St. John Bosco in Sanctuary took place on 08/16/2017.
Dom Bosco is, along with the Virgin of Aparecida, the second Patron of Brasília. The first iron and the first cement arrived at the construction site of the capital, still in 1955, were used in the construction of a hermitage in homage to Santo; and every year, on the last Sunday in August, a walk to the place is made.
This is because one of the most famous prophetic dreams of Dom Bosco was with the construction of Brasilia. In 1883, a little more than a month after the arrival of the first Salesians to Brazil, Dom Bosco dreamed that he was flying over a region stretching from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean: it was the vastness of the Salesian mission in America. Between the parallels 15 and 20, when he saw a rather long and wide inlet, he heard a voice say, repeatedly,
“When you dig the mines hidden in the midst of these hills, here will appear the promised land that will pour milk and honey. It will be an inconceivable wealth. ”
I believe flags have character. I like them fluttering in the skys, sometimes fighting against the wind others teasing it. I give them my best shot and many times I wait until they boast majestically.
This one is at the Altar of the Fatherland in Rome, Italy.
A paramount view of the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II. Notice the size of the sculpture, enormous and beautiful!