Thursday, February 21, 2008

Rammed Earth In Brazil!

Our correspondent in São Paulo sent these lovely photos of La Igreja da Nossa Senhora D´Ajuda in Itaquaquecetuba, Brazil.

Built in 1624 by Padre João Alvares with the aid of other Jesuit priests and, of course, the natives.

The church walls are constructed of tapia de pilão or taipa de pilão which is Portuguese for rammed earth.

The church has been added to and painted a few times in the last 300 years.

That's to keep track of the solstices and cross quarter days.

I don't think these sections are made of tapia.

The walls are a metre thick.

Catechism classroom.

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