OCTOBER 31st, 2001: 


New images of Matriz Square , multicolored by the guapuruvus, silk oaks and  jacarandas:  1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6

New images of the 47th Book Fair: 1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8  (see, also, some previous images of the Fair, clicking here)

Silhouette of  the headquarters of Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul:  1

Buildings around Alfândega Square, where the 47th Book Fair is taken place until November, 16th, 2001:1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8

External images of the old Post Office building (nowadays transformed into "RS Memorial"):  1,   2,   3

Previous Fiscal Delegacy building (current Museum of Arts of Rio Grande do Sul - MARGS),  built in a “baroque-like” style:

The current MARGS building was designed by the notorious German architect Theodor Wiedersphan; it is one of the richest, most memorable and well-maintained historical buildings in the city. It competes this position with the building of  Santander Cultural, which was built a little later in a more ostensive  style and with a bigger influence of the positivist ideas. Together with other historical buildings of the city downtown area, turned towards a cultural function, Porto Alegre consolidates as a historical, cultural and touristic reference within the country. In some months it will be added the old building of the “Power and Light Company”  (current CEEE), which will become a new cultural center within Rua da Praia , and  will honor Érico Veríssimo, one of the most outstanding Brazilian writers, author of unforgettable works as "O Tempo e o Vento". Among the historical buildings around Alfândega Square,  which are lacking some restoration are Palácio do Comércio and the old Guarany movie theater.

See, some MARGS images: the internal architectural elements were obtained with the due and kind permission of its direction.

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OCTOBER 28th, 2001: 


New springtime colors:

As springtime goes by, the streets and parks are full of lively flowered trees. There can be highlighted the  jacarandas  (almost saying good bye) and guapuruvus. But the colors of bougainvilleas, cockscomb coral bean, tipuanas and other species make up a colorful festival:

- guapuruvus 1 2 3 4 5,  6

- tipuanas (abundant on José Bonifácio street, known as "brique street"):  1 2,  3 4 5

- cockscomb coral bean:  1

- bougainvilleas:   1 2 3

OCTOBER 27th, 2001: 


  1st World Education Forum:

From October 24th 27th, Porto Alegre was the stage for this international event, attended for more than 10 thousand people, from several countries , to discuss political-pedagogical projects and successful experiences. The event was promoted by the City Hall of Porto Alegre, together with several Secretaries, Universities, NOGs and others. At its closure, it was published the “Letter of Porto Alegre for a public education for all”. See some images of the closure of the event: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional information may be gotten at the event’s specific site. To access it, click here.

OCOTBER 26th, 2001: 


 Sunrise: 1, 2

See previous sunrises, clicking here

47th Book Fair:

This year, this outstanding and typical event of the city is taking place between the 26th of October and the 11th of November. The fair occupies a covered area of 6,2 thousand m2, at Alfândega Square, between the streets Rua da Praia and Siqueira Campos. The entrance is free and the fair can be visited between 1:00 and 9:00 p.m. In the opinion of the Sul-Riograndense Book Chamber (CRL), Mr. Paulo Flávio Ledur, the fair popularity, in the most cultural capital of the country  (where 1/5 of its families’ heads have more than 15 years of regular school) is due to the coherence and harmony between the "easy" gaúcho style and the way how the books are placed on the readers’ way. The Fair magic is fed by several other reasons: by the Nature (it is springtime and the square is full of jacarandas and guapuruvus flowers); by the opportunity of honoring and talk with the new and consecrated writers; by the gatherings of books’ friends, of executives and professionals who have offices nearby, at the bars built next to the fair to drink an iced beer in the late afternoons (and, maybe, to enjoy the sensation of being a cultured bohemian); by the cultural shows, by the great offer of books; by the noise of children and visitors from the interior; by the universe in exhibition.

The patron of the 2001 Fair is the writer Armindo Trevisan, a consecrated writer. The honored Brazilian state is Minas Gerais and the country is Mexico. The honored "immortals" are the poets Mário Quintana and Carlos Drumond de Andrade. With the sponsorship of Gerdau, CRL has invited the prestigious artist Xico Stockinger to make a bronze sculpture, which will remain at the square, close to historical militaries and politicians. The sculpture illustrates the poets talking at a square. Mário Quintana was born in the gaúcha city of Alegrete, but he loved Porto Alegre, where he has lived most of his life, mainly at the old Majestic Hotel, where nowadays there is Centro de Cultura Mário Quintana. It was very customary seeing him anonymously walking through the city streets (the people did not want disturb him). He produced lovely poetries about the city, the love and the children. To honor him, we are reproducing here one of his poems, which is the most preferred among the portoalegrenses; see here.

See, some other images of the Fair:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7

OCTOBER 25th, 2001: 


Sunset: 1

See some previous sunsets, clicking here

OCTOBER 24th, 2001 IMAGES:


 Matriz Square multicolored by the jacaranda, guapuruvu and silk oak flowers:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Old Post Office building (transformed in "RGS Memorial"), in a “baroque” style:  1 2

The building was designed by the great German architect Theodor Wiederspahn (better known as "Theo Wiederspahn"), who has left its personal craft in several historical and well-known buildings of the city as : Fiscal  Office Building (presently MARGS), Província Bank, Majestic Hotel (nowadays Centro de Cultura Mário Quintana), Chaves Building, Guarany Movie Theater (that nowadays is an agency of  Safra Bank), Brahma brewery  (that will be transformed into a thematic Shopping Center), Ganzo Telephone Central, Ely Building, Bier and Ulmann, Moinho Chaves, Moinhos de Vento Hospital and others.

Theodor Wiedersphan was born in Germany, on February 19th, 1878. He graduated in the Construction School of Wiesbaden, in 1894. He migrated to Brazil in 1908, to work at the Railroad Company, what did not happen due to a problem in the contract. Then, he started to work as an architect of the Engineering Office of Rudolf Ahrons (a portoalegrense, who graduated in civil engineering at the Polytechnic School in Berlin  in the year of 1903), where he has worked until 1914, when the office was closed due to the I World War. After the war, he started his own business and went bankrupt in 1930 because of the world crisis.

In 1933, with the requirements for a professional registration he was lowered to a “licensed constructor category”. So, he has started to work for the Lutheran Church, where his activities were once more  interrupted during the II World War, as a result of political oppression. 

He passed away on November 12th, 1952, at the age of 74.

The old building of the Post Office began to be built on February 21st, 1911 and was concluded in 1913 (It was officially inaugurated on April 24th, 1914).

The building has 1688 m2, and it is believed to be the first reinforced concrete building in Porto Alegre. It was erected on a leveled area of  Guaíba River, and was built by the engineering office of Rudolf Ahrons. It had a strong German influence that can be noticed in its baroque lines. Its four asymmetric towers, with a dome in a bulb shape have a Prussian Army helmet style. "The projections and grooves in the façade decoration (masks, garlands, angels, arms, etc.) produce a light and shadow effect that highlights the shape movements".

(Source: Rio Grande do Sul Memorial).

OCTOBER 22nd, 2001 IMAGES: 


 Bright and sunny morning with an anile blue sky e sky morning  (images captured at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.):  1,  2 3,  4

Now it is time for the yellow guapuruvus:

- blooming guapuruvus decorate several city landmarks:  1,  2

- vivacious guapuruvus at Matriz Square:  1 2 3,  4,  5

Edel Trade Center – bold and modern architecture:  1

Azorean Square: new images:  1 2,  3 4,  5 6 

October 21st, 2001:


 7th Kerbfest:

 On the 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th, this municipality (with around 1,700 inhabitants) , which has the nickname of “Little Paradise” will be flooded with joy. Among the several attractions, we can enumerate the little bands, bands performances (including one from the German region "Sankt Wendel"), folk dances, ethnic food, a lot of chopp, colonial coffee, industrial and trade fairs, handcrafts and colonial products as well as a hang glider show.

This small and prosperous region was colonized in 1850, by immigrants who came, mostly from the German region named "Sankt Wendel". Since its emancipation in 1988, there have been made efforts to strengthen its identity, to valorize its cultural roots, as well as its historical and social patrimony. One of the initiatives from the 1st mayor was to copy the German tradition of promoting popular festivals on the streets and central squares. For that, it was created, in 1991, the 1st Kerbfest, with the installation of a big canvas in its main street. The beginning was very timid; its inauguration ball was not able to gather many people. However, the initiative has touched the intimacy of the population and from then on many things have changed: for the 7th Kerbfest, there are being expected more than 20,000 people.

See some images from this beautiful festival: 

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The last weekend programming for the "Kerbfest" (on the next 27th and 28th)  can be accessed by clicking here.

 Other images and documentaries about São Vendelino-RS:  click here  


Spring colors:

See these beautiful images from spring, taken at Piedade location:  1 2,  3

Typical home of the region:

The German colonizers who came to Caí Valley region (in the State of Rio Grande do Sul) were mostly from the Rhein Valley  (on the western part of Germany); so, they built simpler houses (than the southern Bavarians), that were featured also by a peculiar habit learnt in Brazil: the kitchens were apart from the rest of the houses (with bedrooms and living rooms) in order to prevent fire. See how a typical old kitchen was:  1

October 20th, 2001 Images: PORTO ALEGRE-RS: More spring colors:

- Flowered yellow guapuruvus:  1 2

- Reddish-bloomed cockscomb coral beams:  1,  2 3 4 5 6

Largo dos Açorianos, at Azorean Square:  1 2

This square was built on a leveled area of Guaíba River. A stone bridge is preserved. This bridge was the connection of downtown with the southern zone and was built by the slaves between 1842 and 1848. The monument in honor of the Azoreans was made in 1973; it is a steel work, created by the gaúcho artist Tenius, in honor of the arrival of the 60 Azorean couples at Porto Alegre, in 1752.

3rd Mercosur Art Biennale: 

The event started on October 15th and will last until December 12th. It is the most expressive and greatest art exhibition in the south of Brazil. A total of 125 artists, from Brazil and foreign countries are exhibiting their works on several locations of the city: at the "containers’ city", MARGS (Museum of Arts of RGS), RGS Memorial, Maurício Sirotzky Sobrinho Park, São Pedro Psychiatric Hospital, Santander Cultural and Gasometro Mill. More than 500 thousand visitors are being expected. The president of the Foundation of Mercosur Visual Arts Biennale is the renowned Medical Doctor Ivo Nesralla.

See some of the first images from the exhibition areas and from the works exposed outdoors at the “containers’ city” and at Maurício Sirotzky Sobrinho Park:

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Further information on the artists and the exposed works may be obtained at the site: http://www. bienalmercosul.art.br

Views from Porto Alegre, of the art work exhibit areas at the "containers’ city" and at Maurício Sirotzky Sobrinho Park:

-          See the city from the Guaíba river sides or lake sides and get amazed with this astounding images from the city, got on a sunny and clear afternoon:

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OCTOBER 14th, 2001 IMAGES:


Spring colors:

- (more) blue flowers of jacaranda tree:  1 2 3 (common on many city streets as on Anita Garibaldi)

- yellow of the flowered guapuruvus:  1 2 3 (found in locations as 24 de outubro Avenue, Moinhos de Vento Park, Largo dos Açorianos)

- brownish yellow-(of the panicles) of the flourished sibipirunas:  1,  2 3 (found on Vasco da Gama Avenue, in Bom Fim neighborhood)

- golden yellow of the flourished silk oaks:  1 2

- red of the bloomed cockscomb coral beam:  1,  2

Some outstanding residences in Moinhos de Vento neighborhood:  1 2 3

Turtles fighting for a sunny place next to the small lake in the middle of Moinhos de Vento Park:  1 2 3

(by the way, how many turtles are "elbowing" on the tree stem which has fallen into the water , in this picture made on August 26th, 2001?)

OCTOBER 12th, 2001:


 - images of walking in Moinhos de Vento Park (popularly known as “Big Park”):  1 2,  3 , 4 5 6,  7,  8 9,  10 12,  13 (flower of a tree named china rose)

This park name originated from a windmill that existed near the present intersection of Independência Avenue with Ramiro Barcelos Street. Formerly, it was a racecourse, which became very small in the beginnings of the last century thus obliging the Jockey Club to look for another location (in Cristal neighborhood). At that time, the press and the Municipality County, through the journalist Alberto André and the town councilors Germano Petersen Filho and Marino dos Santos made big efforts to transform the place into a public green area. On September 11th, 1962, the mayor Loureiro da Silva signed the dispossession decree. On November 9th, 1972, the 115 thousand square meters were inaugurated and named Moinhos de Vento Park. The park is divided into two sectors through the second Perimeter Avenue (inaugurated together with the Park). The first sector is featured by its sport equipments, and the second is more used for walking, leisure and meditation. (Source: Atlas Ambiental de Porto Alegre, published by UFRGS, PMPA and INPE, under the coordination of Rualdo Menegat).

- jacarandas that decorate of blue the streets and squares of the city:  1 2 3 4 5 6

OCTOBER 10th, 2001:


 - flourished jacarandas adorn of blue the main square of the city (Praça da Matriz). See what beautiful pictures:  1 2 3 4 5 6,  7

- in the south, everything is blue ("alles blau") in the afternoon of this spring day (for the happiness of the gremista cheers, that is, of Grêmio FBPA). See these magnificent landscapes of the gaúcha capital:  1 2,  3,  4 5,  6 7

- and also see beautiful sunset images when everything got red (for the colorados comfort, cheers of  S.C. Internacional):   1 2 3 4 5 6 other sunsets may be accessed clicking here.

OCTOBER 09th, 2001:


Strong efforts for the emancipations

Coordinated by the Municipal Affairs Committee of the Legislative Body of RS and by the Gaúcho Committee of Emancipating and Annexing Areas, a National Meeting of the Emancipating Areas took place trying to sensibilize the political leaderships, to prepare a better version for the foreseen regulamentation of the Constitutional Amendment number 15/96, in order to meet the interests of the country’s emancipated areas. In RS, there are 110 areas interested in getting emancipated (see the list clicking here). Representatives from 39 emancipating areas in RS had taken two buses for the federal capital, traveling more than 35 hours to arrive there. There were also present representatives from Minas Gerais, Mato Gosso do Sul and São Paulo; several political leaderships from other States, mainly from Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso do Sul, who joined the gaúchos efforts.

See some images of some moments of the meeting:  1,  2 3 4,  5,  6,  7

Among the gaúchos federal and state representatives at the event, there can be mentioned: Giovani Cherini (president of the Municipal Affairs Committee of the Legislative Body of RS, who coordinated the meeting at Nereu Ramos auditorium and has led the group during the audience with the Federal Council, Representative Aécio Neves), Osvaldo Biolchi, José Gomes, Osmar Severo, Airton Dipp, José Augusto Nardes, Fetter Júnior, Mendes Ribeiro Filho and Pompeo de Mattos. There were also present: Ilmo Santos, dean of Passo Fundo University ; mayors and vice-mayors and town councilors from RS, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo municipalities. In the morning, it was made a presentation about the socio-economical impact in the development of RS state, that can be accessed clicking here.

For November 07th, 2001, it was scheduled a new meeting with representatives of all the country’s Legislative Bodies, aiming to collect the different demands and expectations in a consensual proposal for the 15/96 amendment regulamentation.

OCTOBER 06th, 2001 IMAGES:


 End of a day and sunset on Guaíba Lake:  1 2 3 4

(see other magnificent sunsets, clicking here)

OCTOBER 5TH, 2001:


In October it’s time for the jacaranda blooming:

In the South of Brazil, the purple ipês (with flowers in several shades of purple, pink and violet) flourish in the end of August, painting with their colors streets and squares (see the images here). Now, during the month of October, it’s time for the jacarandas painting of purple the streets and squares as in Matriz Square. When this occurs, it is known that it’s time for another important event of the city calendar: the famous and great Book Fair, at Alfândega Square. See some illustrative images:  1,  2

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