Sunday 8 April 2012

300 years of Mariana

Last year was the 300th anniversary of the town of Mariana in Brazil.  It was founded in the gold rush in the state of Minas Gerais and soon became the main gold centre.  Its prosperity can still be seen in the baroque architecture of the churches and other buildings.

The card shows, on the left, the houses on Rua Dom Silverio.  The scene on the right, which is also on the stamp, shows the two churches on Praça Minas Gerais (Minas Gerais Square).  Also on the card is the Maria Fumaça locomotive, the pillory, and the jail.

Further details of the stamp can be found on Luis Kalife's blog.  I didn't realise it until now, but it was he who sent me the card and stamp.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, now hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"


  1. That is certainly an 'all action' stamp, I rather like it.

  2. I bet that would be a great city to visit

  3. Many metals and gems are mined in Minas Gerais. Thank you for participating.

  4. Good to see the card images on the stamp.

  5. I hadn't heard of Mariana before. When I saw the title of your post, it made me think of French stamps of Marianne.

  6. and as a bonus the anniversary is on April 8th (1711 that it became a town)!

  7. There's a lot of history captured in the stamp design, very nice.

  8. Ah, those gold rushes. San Francisco had quite a hey day when gold was discovered in California. I'm in Hong Kong now, Sheila..the last of five days before my flight home to SF tomorrow. I hope to go back to India in a few months.

  9. Beautiful card and scenery,
    but I can't help thinking how it affected
    the natives back then...


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