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SÃO NICOLAU

SÃO NICOLAU
São Nicolau, Brazil
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BACKGROUND

With the aim of converting the native Guaraní population, the Jesuits established 30 missions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in an area of South America that now includes parts of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. One of these missions, São Nicolau, is located in the region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, first colonized in 1626. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Through a grant from American Express, WMF partnered with the Instituto do Patrimonio Historico e Artistico Nacional (IPHAN) to begin preservation efforts at Casarão Silva. Cleaning revealed areas in need of emergency stabilization and brickwork conservation. In addition, a new metal roof was designed and then re-covered with original galvanized tiles to preserve historic aesthetics.

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WHY IT MATTERS

While the sociocultural importance of the Jesuit Missions are recognized by UNESCO, the Casarão Silva is also significant, representing the appropriation of archaeological remains at the turn of the twentieth century. (...)