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Day 9-Art and Architecture

After waking up and eating breakfast we went to the Petropolis, Brazil to see some summerhouses of wealthy Brazilians. We specifically drove by and looked at the Casa da Princesa Isabel. Princess Isabel, who came into history when she signed a law saying all slaves were free in Brazil, owned this house. This summerhouse was where Isabel and her husband lived up until 1889. Now the building is a real estate firm that belongs to the descendents of imperial family. Once we toured the summerhouse, we went to a local ferry dock where we got on a ferry to Niteroi, Brazil. It took us 45 minutes to get to Niteroi but we finally reached our destination, the coast. We had a fruit picnic on the beach and were able to see Oscar Niemeyer’s Museum of Contemporary Art, which was very scientific and obscure. After cleaning up we went inside the museum to find over 1,000 interesting art pieces, and sculptures. An interesting fact about this museum that we fount out was that it took 5 years and $5.5 million to build. We went to Sugar Loaf Mountain, after the art museum, to go up the mountain in a lift, which took us about 20 minutes to get there. The view was beautiful; we were able to see out into the ocean and into the city. After going up the mountain, we took a taxi back to the ferry. Once we arrived back in Rio de Janeiro, we all went back to our hotel and rested for the night.

We found out a lot of information about one of the most famous Brazilian architects, Oscar Niemeyer. Oscar is 100 years old and is known for his famous architecture. He was born in Rio de Janeiro on December 15, 1907. Oscar graduated from Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio. He has created many buildings in countries such as Italy, Milan, Turin, and Algiers. Later in his life, Oscar taught at the University of Rio de Janeiro. In honor of all the achievements Oscar designed, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize and is still designing many buildings today.

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