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I have two new UNESCO World Heritage sites from Brazil to share today. The first shows the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Matozinhos in Congonhas:

UNESCO bom jesus matozinhos

The church was commissioned by Feliciano Mendes in the 18th century. What is especially remarkable about the site is the soapstone statues in front of the church. The statues depict the 12 prophets and were sculpted by Antonio Francisco Lisboa. These statues are considered one of his finest works. He completed them between 1800 and 1805, after a battle with leprosy left him without fingers or feet.

This card was sent by Luisa as a Postcrossing official. She used two nice stamps depicting some natural fauna:

BRAZIL squid and bird

The next card comes from Trisk in Rio de Janeiro and shows the historic center of Salvador, Bahia:

UNESCO salvador bahia

Salvador was the first colonial capital of Brazil and it is one of the oldest cities in the New World. It was founded in 1549 and was home of South America’s first slave market.

Both Salvador and Bom Jesus were made UNESCO sites in 1985.