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25 July 2013 / leggypeggy

Feeling blue? Visit the Dom Bosco Sanctuary

Dom Bosco Sanctuary

The altar (running along the bottom) is made from a 10-ton block of marble

In 1883, an Italian saint named Dom Bosco dreamt of a utopian city of the future. He described it as a capital city that would rule justly and provide for the needs of a great nation. He said this city would be located in the New World, between the 15th and 20th parallels.

In a way his dream started to come true with the creation of Brasilia in 1960.

This new capital, built in Brazil’s interior, marked a certain coming of age for Brazil and the New World.

Chandelier, Dom Bosco Sanctuary

The chandelier is lit only at night

Dom Bosco Sanctuary

Twelve shades of blue, plus small bits of white

Recent protests confirm that the city (actually the nation’s politicians) may not always rule justly and provide for everyone’s needs, the city is positioned between the 15th and 20th parallels, and the Dom Bosco Sanctuary was built exactly on the 15th parallel.

The sanctuary is a tribute to the saint and what an eye-turner it is. The outside looks like an ordinary concrete box, but the interior is a wondrous space.

Designed by Claudio Naves, all four walls are made of stained glass (mostly 12 shades of blue), interspersed with small white squares. Each corner has a column of rose-coloured glass. In all there are 2200 square metres of glass. And I was especially impressed to notice that some of the windows open for ventilation. Nice planning.

The sanctuary is open 24 hours a day. The shrine is bathed in a heavenly blue during daylight hours; at night the interior is illuminated by a massive chandelier. It has 7400 pieces of Murano glass and was created by architect, Alvimar Moreira.

As with the Metropolitan Cathedral, Poor John and I could merely sit and gaze in wonder at this beautiful room. And once again, we were the only people from the truck who made it there.

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  1. Joanne T Ferguson (@mickeydownunder) / Jul 25 2013 1:10 pm

    G’day and OH MY GOODNESS Peggy, true!
    How magnificent and thank you for lifting my spirits and brightening my day too!
    Cheers! Joanne WHOO HOO!


  2. Rhonda / Jul 25 2013 5:11 pm

    What a gorgeous place! Thanks for sharing.


    • leggypeggy / Jul 25 2013 8:53 pm

      My pleasure indeed. It’s a place that has to be shared.


  3. Frankie / Jul 25 2013 7:54 pm

    Oh, what a lovely and peaceful sanctuary.


    • leggypeggy / Jul 25 2013 8:52 pm

      I think one of the reasons it’s so peaceful is that everyone is speechless.


  4. fsmith1959 / Jul 25 2013 7:56 pm

    Oh, Peggy, what a peaceful sanctuary. It must have been a jolt back to reality when you stepped back outside.


    • leggypeggy / Jul 25 2013 8:51 pm

      I’m glad I took so many pictures so I can revisit the sanctuary as often as I like. It really was wondrous.


  5. duonyte / Jul 25 2013 9:22 pm

    Wow, that is just magnificent! Thanks for sharing, Peggy.


  6. weggieboy / Jul 25 2013 9:35 pm

    What a brilliant piece of architecture, and (I can only imagine) a very spiritual place!


    • leggypeggy / Jul 25 2013 10:17 pm

      It sure is. I must return one day so I can see the chandelier illuminated.


  7. Lesley Snow / Jul 25 2013 11:17 pm

    Wow. Just plain WOW!


  8. skippersy / Jul 26 2013 5:56 am

    Blue on Blue what a wonderful View…. Cool… Cool Blue! There might be restrictions on wearing shorts in some locations… but at least no restrictions taking photos… so far? It is so great to see your photos and read your commentary on places I would have never known about… if it were not for your blog. Thanks “Shorty” LOL


    • leggypeggy / Jul 26 2013 8:56 am

      I’m pleased so many places allow photos—almost always without flash, but that’s fine by me. Plus, I try to do a little research on each place without just linking to Wikipedia or some other site. I figure it makes a whole ‘package’.


  9. Deepti / Aug 3 2013 8:35 pm

    wowwww…. what a place man.. amazing..glittering blue looking very beautiful…


    • leggypeggy / Aug 4 2013 5:49 am

      Thanks Deepti. The sanctuary really is amazingly beautiful.


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