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article imageCathedral of Maringá: ‘The church that grew from the forest’ Special

By Igor I. Solar     Mar 3, 2011 in World
Parana - The Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of Glory of the city of Maringá in Brazil, a modern religious structure built in 1972, is the tallest church building in South America and a landmark of this city of 284 000 people.
Catedral Metropolitana Basílica Nossa Senhora da Glória is one of the 54 minor catholic basilicas of Brazil. Basilica is a title of honour given to certain churches because of their antiquity, dignity status or historical importance. There are only 4 major basilicas, all of them in Rome including St. Peter's of the Vatican, and more than 1580 minor basilicas around the world. Of these, 21 are in Canada, one of which is Saint Paul’s Basilica in Corktown, Toronto.
Saint Paul s Minor Basilica in Toronto was established in 1822. On the same year  the first Catholic...
Saint Paul's Minor Basilica in Toronto was established in 1822. On the same year, the first Catholic cemetery in Toronto opened next to the church.
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The Cathedral of the city of Maringá in the southern Brazilian State of Paraná, was conceived by Archbishop Jaime Luiz Coelho, designed by architect José Augusto Bellucci and built between 1959 and 1972. The first stone, a piece of marble removed from St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was laid on August 15, 1958. Located in the centre of the city, its architecture is modern and bold. It has a conical shape with a base of 50 meters diameter and a single circular nave of 38 meters in diameter capable of accommodating up to 4700 parishioners.
The outer cone has a height of 114 meters with a 10 meter cross at the top, reaching a total height of 124 meters. The interior is an open cone of 84 meters. In its interior there are some valuable artistic works including a 7 meter tall wooden crucifix carved by Brazilian sculptor Conrado Mose and embossed watercolour paintings by local artist Zanzal Mattar. Opposite to the cathedral is a 2 meter soapstone monument with the statue of Our Lady of Glory sculpted by Expedito Sobreira Ribeiro, one of the best known Brazilian sculptors of baroque religious art.
Cathedral-Basilica of Nossa Senhora da Glória in Maringá  Paraná  Brazil.
Cathedral-Basilica of Nossa Senhora da Glória in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil.
Between the inner and the outer cones there is a 598 step staircase spanning 18 tiers. The staircase is open to the public. After climbing 482 steps (I painfully ascended [and descended] every one of them!) one can reach an observatory located on the 14th floor with rather small windows, but still allowing great views of the city. Along the way there are commemorative inscriptions of priests and prominent Maringá citizens who have chosen to have the wall of the cathedral as their final resting place.
The names on the vaults in the church s mausoleum show the diverse origin of the deceased.
The names on the vaults in the church's mausoleum show the diverse origin of the deceased.
A book written by priest Orivaldo Robles entitled “A Igreja que brotou da mata" (“The church that grew from the forest”) tells the story of the Catholic Church and Maringá’s Cathedral since the arrival of the first Jesuits in Paraná during the 17th century to recent years.
View of the downtown area of the city of Maringá  State of Paraná  Brazil  from the observatory of...
View of the downtown area of the city of Maringá, State of Paraná, Brazil, from the observatory of the Cathedral-Basilica of Maringá.
View of the downtown area of the city of Maringá  State of Paraná  Brazil  from the observatory of...
View of the downtown area of the city of Maringá, State of Paraná, Brazil, from the observatory of the Cathedral-Basilica of Maringá.
Maringá is a young, well-planned city. I was founded in 1947 and it is considered one of the greenest cities in the world. The population consists of several ethnic groups contributing to a multicultural environment. Particularly important are the Japanese, Portuguese, Arabic, German and Italian colonies, which greatly enrich the culture of the city by the preservation of their traditions and folklore.
Cathedral-Basilica of Nossa Senhora da Glória in Maringá  Paraná  Brazil.
Cathedral-Basilica of Nossa Senhora da Glória in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil.
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