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Monument to the Independence of Brazil

The Monument to the Independence of Brazil (Portuguese: Monumento à Independência do Brasil) also known as the Ipiranga Monument (Portuguese: Monumento do Ipiranga) or the Altar of the Fatherland (Portuguese: Altar da Pátria), is set in granite and bronze sculpture. It is located on the banks of the Ipiranga Brook, in São Paulo, on the historic site where the later Emperor Dom Pedro I of Brazil proclaimed the independence of the country on September 7, 1822.

Monument to the Independence of Brazil
Native name
Portuguese: Monumento à Independência do Brasil
Monumento à Independência.jpg
The Monument is situated where Brazilian Independence was declared.
Location São Paulo, Brazil
Coordinates 23°34′49″S 46°36′36″W / 23.58028°S 46.61000°W / -23.58028; -46.61000Coordinates: 23°34′49″S 46°36′36″W / 23.58028°S 46.61000°W / -23.58028; -46.61000
Established 1952
Founded 1922 (1922)
Built 1884 (1884) – 1926 (1926)
Architect Manfredo Manfredi
Sculptor Ettore Ximenes
Governing body City of São Paulo

The monument was designed and built by sculptor Ettore Ximenes and architect Manfredo Manfredi to celebrate the first centenary of Brazilian Independence.

Inside the monument is the Brazilian Imperial Crypt and Chapel. The crypt was built in 1972 to house the remains of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil, also King Pedro IV of Portugal, and his wives, Maria Leopoldina of Austria and Amélie of Leuchtenberg.

The crypt is consecrated as a Catholic Chapel, as demanded by the then head of the Brazilian Imperial Family, Prince Pedro Henrique of Orléans-Braganza, who only agreed to allow the transfer of the bodies of his ancestors to the Monument on condition that the place be consecrated as a Catholic place of burial, with a Catholic Altar, where Masses could be offered for the repose of their souls.

D. Pedro I and D. Amelia's bodies were transferred from the Royal Pantheon of the House of Braganza, in Lisbon, while D. Maria Leopoldina was moved from the Convent of Santo Antônio in Rio de Janeiro.