Inspiration of Brasilia
My next destination brought me to the city of Brasilia, Brazil. The city id found in the top half of South America, and the lower centre of Brazil. This is quite a large city, at about 5,800 square kilometres. The population of 2.5 million has a GDP per capita of about $62,000. Being the capitol city of Brazil, I am not surprised to find that the native language is Portuguese. When I approached the Santuario Dom Bosco, I was mildly shocked by its plain and comely exterior. I've heard many remark of the incredible beauty of the Sanctuary, so I entered the doors hopeful that the inside would be better than the beige visage that had initially greeted me. When, I entered the building, the first thing thatI noticed was darkness, as my eyes gradually adjusted to the lighting. The only source of light came directly from the sun, spilling in through the numerous windows. The windows were multi-panneled panes of varying shades of blue, bathing the large room in a warm, comforting blue. The wide area left little to draw the attention from a large crucifix, set at the front. It is said to be carved by Gotfredo Tralli, out of a single cedar tree. The large golden chandelier also begs for attention. It is constructed of 7,400 pieces of Murano glass, and was designed by architect Alvimar Moreira.