Photographer's Note

Founded in 1537 by the Portuguese, Olinda was one of the first European settlements in South America. Olinda is very close to Refice, head of Pernambuco state in Brazil and was supposedly founded very close to where I took this photo.

It is said that after climbing the hill, the founder looked back and said something like ‘Oh, what a beautiful place for a village’ (the name ‘Olinda’ can be understood as ‘Oh beautiful’ in Portuguese).

During its first decades, the village was successively invaded and held by Dutch and Portuguese

Later, Olinda had one of the first law schools in Brazil and is considered one of the cradles of the republic. The village is noted for its 16th and 17th centuries ornate churches and colonial buildings; it has been declared by the UN part of the world heritage in 1982.

The village is home to a good number of art galleries and artisans shops, which give it a nice bohemian atmosphere. I would also say that the best way to visit the place is staying for 2 or 3 days in one of the very few ‘pousadas’ in the old district.

Raw Capture at ISO 100 – f8 – 1/125s @ 28 mm.
Post processing: only raw conversion (PS ACR) to tif, and then contrast (curves), USM and save for the web.

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