Arquivo da tag: rio branco avenue

Rio of all Saints: Saint Barbara

On December 4th the Christian communities of the world celebrate the Day of Saint Barbara, besides the birthday of my dear son João Paulo. Maybe the first thing that comes to the mind of a carioca when told about this martyr name is the long tunnel that links the neighborhoods of Catumbi and Laranjeiras, shorting […]


Hi, folks! I have recently written about the presence of egyptian ornamentation in Rio. One of the buildings pictured there was 116 Ouvidor Street, “corner of Ourives”, as it was then known, and meaning nowadays nothing but “corner of Miguel Couto”, since part of what is left of the Ourives Street after the opening of […]


On June 23rd, 2015 I wrote here about gargoyles.[1] The subject seemed so interesting that I decided to research a bit more. My main interest was the central gargoyle – a mist of a man, a bat and a frog – that decorates the façade of Castelinho Francês, in the neighborhood of Flamengo. I found […]


This is not a blog about History. This is a blog about Architecture, if anything. But there are moments in which History and Architecture mix up in a way that it gets impossible to mention one without referring to the other. That said, it is mandatory to remember the story of the construction of the […]


Dear readers, Hi! It is true that Rio is not Egypt. Some would say unfortunately, but this is because they don´t live in Egypt… I caught myself the other day thinking about the numerous references in Rio architecture concerning the human civilization that has impressed specialists so much over time – and continues to do […]


N/N, FLORIANO SQUARE RIO DE JANEIRO MUNICIPAL THEATRE PROJECT BY FRANCISCO DE OLIVEIRA PASSOS AND ALBERT GUILBERT, 1904 UNKNOWN AUTHORS EIGHT BRONZE SCULPTURES 1909 C. Atlantes[1] and caryatids – we´ve already seen here – are anthropomorphic ornamental structures[2] employed in buildings since classical antiquity. In most cases, they are responsible for the symbolical function of supporting […]

Saiu na Revista s/n°! / Just published on s/n°!

Prezados leitores, Acaba de sair na última revista s/n° – e eu o republico aqui, enriquecido de algumas imagens – um texto meu intitulado “Pedra sobre Pedra”, que trata sobre a arquitetura no Rio de Janeiro nos primeiros anos do Século XX . Como sempre, vai primeiro o texto em português, mais abaixo em inglês. […]