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BR-338655: Manaus, Brazil

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Postcrossing ID: CN-1505235
Date Sent: 18 December 2014
Date Received: 10 February 2015
Days Travelled:  54
Distance Travelled:  16,075 km 

This postcard was the 49th received since I joined Postcrossing back in mid-2006.  I’m not exactly a heavy user, but I aim to change that!  It was also my first card from Brazil as well as the farthest travelled.  It pictures Teatro Amazonas in Manaus.  This is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in the northern part of the country and is the most populous city in the Amazon rainforest with a population of two million.  It was founded in 1693-94 as the Fort of São José do Rio Negro and given the name of “Manaus”, an altered spelling of the indigenous Manaós peoples, when it became a town in 1832.  Located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, access to the city is primarily by boat or airplane.  This isolation helps to preserve both the nature as well as the unique culture of native Brazilian tribes. 

The Amazonas Opera House was built in 1894, constructed with bricks brought from Europe, French glass and Italian marble.  The dome is covered with 36,000 decorated ceramic tiles painted in the colors of the national flag of Brazil.  The 700-seat theater is home to the Amazonas Philharmonic and is featured in the 1982 film Fitzcarraldo by German director Werner Herzog

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