Dom Bosco Sanctuary, Temple of Peace and TV Tower
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August 1st, 2008 – by: sissanoel
Had a very lazy day at home today, then a lovely Italian meal out with Tim in the evening.
Our 2nd last day of proper sight-seeing today. Tim dropped us off near his work and we made our way to the Dom Bosco Sanctuary, another very modernistic religious building. It is a large rectangular concrete box, with the walls covered in Murano glass tiles of 12 different shades of blue to represent a starry sky. Must say it looks quite spectacular as the sun shines through into the interior, and reflects off the huge crystal chandelier in the centre of the room, which weighs 2 1/2 tonnes. The church was designed by Carlos Alberto Neves and opened in 1970. There are 80 columns in Gothic style, 16 metres high each and the doors feature bronze religious designs.
We then caught the subway system out onto the south 'wing tip' of the Pilot Plan to visit the Temple of Good Will, created by the Legion of Good Will in 1989 as a symbol of universal solidarity. A massive 49 pound crystal sits atop the temple, one of the largest pure crystal pieces in the world. There seem to be a lot of unusual religious groups operating in Brazil, but this one seems to be less whacky than most - it's aim seems to be just bringing together most of the religions of the world in 'ecumenical fraternity'. There are various rooms and halls for meditation and prayer, plus an art gallery, water fountain and the mausoleum of the founder of the group right in the centre.
We then caught a bus back along the W3 road to the centre to visit the TV Tower. We caught the lift to the top for a great view over the city, which showed us just how much traffic this city actually has! At the base of the tower is a market selling the usual tourist tat, along with a number of restaurants.
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