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Notes on the Geography of Brazil: Salvador: Photo 25

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This is Salvador's cathedral, until 1933 simply a Jesuit church. It's almost instantly recognizable as a Jesuit church not only from the facade statues of the order's founders (you can see Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, and Francis Borgia) but because it's a close copy of the mother church of the Jesuits, the Gesu Church in Rome. The stone's European, too, schlepped all the way from Portugal. Alas (or maybe not, depending on how your feet are feeling) it was closed for repair in 2016.

Don't like the paving? Check the undated photo on Planche 12 of Germain Bazin's L'Architecture Religieuse Baroque au Brésil, 1956. It shows the plaza as a garden with paths between trees and grass. The layout wouldn't have accommodated crowds, but back then there weren't any.

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