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Salvador, Brazil


"Igreja Sao Pedro Dos Clerigos, 18c, Salvador, Brazil"
watercolor 9" x 11" ©2001 Elroy Christenson

This church is one of several constructed in Salvador in the 17th and 18c in a Rococo style. This particular church only has one finished spire because if they had built the other one the church would have been taxed as a finished building. The Salvador churches look very substantial from the exterior and resemble stone buildings in Europe. They may have a stone facade but are, however, almost entirely made of wood. They have very elaborately carved altars which are unbelievably guilded in the Spanish or Portuguese style. Wooden support columns are often painted to look like marble on the interior. Ceiling paintings are usually cracked along the board lengths in nearly all of the buildings.

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