Monument to the Independence of Brazil
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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|
Portuguese: Monumento à Independência do Brasil
The Monument is situated where Brazilian Independence was declared.
|Location||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Governing body||City of São Paulo|
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.
- Monument to the Independence of Brazil at the São Paulo City Museum Website (in Portuguese)
- Media related to Monumento à Independência at Wikimedia Commons