MIL OSI Translation. Region: Portuguese / Latin America –
Source: Republic of Brazil 2
Registered as an archaeological site by the municipality of MTur, monument will be delivered to the population on November 11
With information from Iphan
Ruins of the São Bento Church, in Maragogi (AL), were requalified. Credit: Disclosure The Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan), a federal authority linked to the Special Secretariat of Culture of the Ministry of Tourism, completed the renovation works of the ruins of the Church of São Bento, in Maragogi, in the state of Alagoas. Registered as an archaeological site by Iphan for its monumentality and rich variety of preserved archaeological artifacts, the site will be delivered to the population on November 11, starting at 5:30 am, with the celebration of a mass at dawn. Those who visit the ruins of the Church of São Bento is faced with a breathtaking landscape, outlined by the combination of the ocher of centuries-old stones contrasting with the turquoise blue of the sea in the background. Built in the 17th century, the church is a historical testimony of religious occupation in Alagoas territory in the colonial period. The building went through a process of ruin in the 1970s. Still, since then, it has become a tourist spot in the region and attracts visitors by combining the natural beauty with the affective memories of the local community. Investments in the order of R $ 585 thousand, with resources from the Fund for the Defense of Diffuse Rights (FDD), coordinated by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, included the structural support of the building, the cleaning of the monument, as well as the implementation of accessibility infrastructure. Held between January and October of this year, the interventions reinforce the tourist vocation of the property and guarantee improvements for the residents of the region who until today carry out religious ceremonies on the spot. For the Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, investments to preserve the Brazil are essential to rescue our history and for local tourist activities. “Iphan’s intervention is an essential measure for maintaining our memory as a country. In addition, it gives the population an icon of local tourism, which will attract visitors and generate jobs and income for the residents of Maragogi, ”he said. “In addition to preserving heritage, this project can increase tourism in the region. After the interventions, the ruins are consolidated as a cultural attraction that complements the natural beauty of Maragogi ”, he said. Iphan’s substitute superintendent in Alagoas, Sandro Gama, highlights that the project delivered to the community is the first stage of the other two intended. “The urbanization of the area, with the implantation of a lookout and amphitheater; and the implementation of the Caminho e Fé Memorial ”, he detailed. PATRIMONY – The work in Maragogi is another one of a series of interventions promoted in Alagoas. The restoration of the Casa de Jorge de Lima, in the municipality of União dos Palmares, and the Church of Nossa Senhora do Amparo, in Marechal Deodoro, also have resources from the FDD. The Fund gathers resources from judicial condemnations, fines and indemnities for the repair of damages caused to the environment, the consumer, goods and rights of artistic, aesthetic, historical, touristic and landscape value. Other works in the state have also been carried out with Iphan’s investments, such as the urban requalification of Largo de São Gonçalo, in Penedo; the requalifications of Largo da Igreja Matriz and Largo da Igreja do Bonfim, in Marechal Deodoro; and the restoration of the church of Nosso Senhor Bom Jesus dos Martírios, in Maceió. Altogether, they add up to more than R $ 16 million in resources invested in the Cultural Heritage of Alagoas.
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