Touring the city of Igarassu, home of Brazil’s oldest church (circa 1535).

29 Dec
Igarassu is one of Brazil’s oldest settlements, located in the island of Itamaraca (“rock that sings” in Tupi-Guarany language) and is full of rich cultural heritage, including the oldest church in Brazil, which dates back to 1535.

The Itamaraca Island is connected to the continent by a bridge, and a short trip there will take you to an enchanting paradise of warm, calm ocean waters and coconut tree forests. One of the singular beauties of the island was already featured here, when our family took a boat trip into the mangrove scenario

The Lima-Miranda family is curious and adventurous: in one single day, we visited the city of Igarassu, and its famous church, the original Dutch Fort (“Fort Orange”), and had time and energy to spend through the intriguing branches of mangrove trees, covered with budding oysters and fresh water crabs! All this is described throughout the blog – if one’s got time and interest to search for! 😮

Today, I’m sharing the images of the Church of Saints Cosme and Damião, built in 1535, in the city of IgarassuPernambuco is Brazil’s oldest church (Roman Catholic):


Posted by on December 29, 2011 in BRASIL, expat, FAMILY, photography, TRAVEL


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10 responses to “Touring the city of Igarassu, home of Brazil’s oldest church (circa 1535).

  1. pierrmorgan

    December 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I agree with Find Focus – ditto everything. What an interesting life you are loving and sharing. Thank you!


    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

      Thank you so much for that! Life can be interesting and full – it depends on the way we decide to see it – and appreciate it! Cheers and wishes for a peaceful year of 2012! 😮


  2. Gilly Goldsworthy

    December 29, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Beautiful, I love the row of little houses.


    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 29, 2011 at 7:59 am

      Thank you, Gilly! The whole town is like that… very colonial. The first Portuguese settlements were very colorful. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


  3. Sunshine

    December 29, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Love the white washed walls of the church with the brown windows and doors…


    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

      It does feel like the houses, front walls are framed, right? Everything seems to be hand-designed… 😮


  4. Find Focus

    December 29, 2011 at 2:34 am

    This church looks beautiful! Lovely pictures of your family – I particularly like the one of your two kiddies standing right inside doorway of that HUGE door! : ) Great composition!


    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 29, 2011 at 8:09 am

      Thank you for sharing your impressions! I love trying different settings, ideas, angles, scenarios… Taking family pics is always challenging! 😮 Cheers from Brazil!



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