Anderson Gallo / Diario Corumbaense
Minister of Tourism, Carlos Alberto, the President of Iphan, Larissa Peixoto and the Mayor Marcelo Iunes at the official delivery of the Matrix
The Minister of Tourism, Carlos Alberto de Brito and the President of the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan), Larissa Peixoto, participated this Friday (13th) in the official reopening of the Cathedral of Nossa Senhora da Candelária and its delivery from the funicular, already known as “bondinho”, in the port area of Corumbá. They were welcomed by Mayor Marcelo Iunes; the Secretary of the Government of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Eduardo Rocha, who represents Governor Reinaldo Azambuja; Bishop João Aparecido Bergamasco, of the Diocese of Santa Cruz; Mayor Roberto Gomes Façanha and other civil, military and religious authorities.
Upon arrival in Corumbá, Minister Carlos Alberto and his team went straight to the headquarters of the Mother Church of Nossa Senhora da Candelária, one of the oldest cathedrals in Mato Grosso do Sul. The minister stressed the transfer as an “order” by President Jair Bolsonaro to keep all cathedrals, which were under renovation, open in his government following reforms.
“Corumbá is within the schedule of the Ministry of Tourism, which does the national work together with Embratur, which does international promotion. So the city is always looked upon with great affection. And today, the restoration of the cathedral is an important tool to strengthen religious tourism not only in Corumbá, but also in Brazil. A very important moment, with the completion of this beautiful church. It is the largest temple in Mato Grosso do Sul, which should never be forgotten,” said Minister Carlos Alberto.
For Larissa Peixoto, president of Iphan, the delivery strengthens teamwork, emphasized that more than seventy works have already been delivered during the current administration representing investments of more than R$290 million of Brazilian cultural heritage and that more than 76 works are in full implementation, representing more than R$300 million in investment.
“Congratulations to everyone at Iphan for their effort, dedication, because we stayed there in Brasília and what would we do without your work at the end, the hard work. All this only happens thanks to a collaborative network and you are a part of it, you deserve all our accolades. Seeing the completely restored Nossa Senhora da Candelária Church, and also the funicular, which connects this between the lower and higher parts of the city, in fact represent the real interaction between the preservation of the heritage and the enjoyment of the population . Works like this really make a difference, we manage to reconcile conservation and development so that the population can enjoy the good that is theirs, that is their history,” said Larrisa.
Mayor Marcelo Iunes emphasized that the completion of the restoration of the cathedral symbolizes the return of historical and cultural heritage to the people of Corumba.
“The importance is that it gives back its historical heritage to our people. Corumbá is the cradle of the culture of Mato Grosso do Sul and of the Brazilian Midwest. When we took over City Hall, we made a commitment to do this work. Minister, I want to thank you for the support in delivering this beautiful church, the Matriz, which had investments of approximately R$1.8 million from the Federal Government, approximately R$900 thousand from the Municipality and R$300 thousand from the state government,” Iunes said, recalling that the works were halted for four years due to adjustments to the project and tender and re-bid procedures.
The Secretary of State for Government and Strategic Management, Eduardo Rocha, spoke about the importance of the actions of the Ministry of Tourism for Corumbá.
“In this current scenario, tourism will be the industry that will generate the most jobs in the world, and Corumbá will be an example of this clean industry, namely tourism. Since Corumbá also works with night flights, we are sure that Corumbá will be a great industrial tourist hub not only for Mato Grosso do Sul, but also for Brazil. Help our city, help our state”, Eduardo Rocha asked the Minister of Tourism.
Cable car connects the high end to the low end
Shortly afterwards, the authorities went to the port of Corumbá, where they inaugurated in Travessa Mercúrio the “Bondinho”, which will connect the upper part with the lower part of the municipality.
The work will promote mobility, urbanization, improvement of socio-environmental and tourism conditions and accessibility for the population and visitors of Porto Geral, the riverfront and the Geopark complex in Cacimba da Saúde.
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Inauguration of the funicular, which will connect the upper part of the city to the lower part of the city
The equipment has two access platforms: the top one, which is located on Avenida General Rondon, close to the old Hotel Galileo, at the beginning of Rua Frei Mariano; and the lower one, in a small square that gives access to Porto Geral via Travessa Mercúrio. Passengers are transported through access to one of these platforms.
The president of Iphan said that the cable car is an important work. “In fact, it represents the true interplay between heritage preservation and the enjoyment of the people. This kind of work really makes a difference”, emphasizes Larissa Peixoto.
How will it work?
The passenger enters the elevator cabin with a capacity of 06 people. The cabin – popularly known as Funicular / Plano Inclinado – runs along an inclined path, in a 45-meter path, overcoming a 19-meter gap (height) between the upper and lower platforms.
Even opened, the “cable car” will not yet be made available to the population. City Hall will open a selection process to hire tech people to help operate the attraction.
The urban requalification was part of the federal government’s PAC Historic Cities Package, through IPHAN, worth R$1,479,627.35, in addition to Corumbá City Hall’s own resources. Requalification generally concerns outdoor areas, such as squares and streets, and aims to add more comfort, lighting, safety, beauty and quality of life to the public space.
Mayor Marcelo Iunes stressed that Corumbá has other works in progress, made possible with funds through Iphan. “We have the Old Mercadão, the Old Town Hall, the Joint Commission; the Casa do Artesão and also the Casa de Cultura Luiz de Albuquerque. I ask for this look at Corumbá, we need the support of the federal government, the state is a great partner so that we can deliver these projects,” he emphasized.
According to the Minister of Tourism, urban renewal attaches great importance to tourism in Corumba. “Corumbá is within our schedule, count on the mayor of the federal government. These are actions that further strengthen tourism in Corumbá and Brazil,” concludes Carlos Alberto de Brito.