Monday, March 15, 2010

Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora Mãe dos Homens, Urubici, Santa Catarina, Brazil

I spent the weekend at Urubici in the mountains, a tiny place which contains this marvellous expressionist style Catholic church, which looms above about the small houses around it.

I don't know when it was built: I suspect about 1930: the web tells me just that Padre José Alberto Gonçalves Espíndola was responsible. It is not in a very good state of repair: note the colonies of wasps' nests.

Judging by the empty lots along the main street it seems to me that Urubici was planned with a much larger population in mind than it has: this thesis is supported by the unnecessary, wonderful vastness of this building.

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