Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, Gramado, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
The construction of the Igreja Matriz São Pedro de Gramado was inspired by the Roman architectural style. There were about 78 thousand basaltic stones, which were extracted from quarries near the city of Gramado, and were dragged in foxes pulled by oxen.
The church’s sacred stained glass windows were painted by the German artist Peter Dobmeier which mark the passages of the life of the apostle Peter alongside Jesus Christ.
The church bell weighs about 1,000 pounds. It was created in bronze, steel and tin. In 2009 the bell was systematized electronically. The total height of the church is 860 meters, being 46 meters high of the tower.
The inauguration of the church took place on June 29, 1942, the date of St. Peter’s Day.
In front of the church are the statues of the 12 apostles of Jesus, in real size with identifications, and the matrix lake, a fountain. At night, the spotlight is on and the Church and its visitors are graced.
The Catholic Gramatians are devotees of the patron saint of St. Peter.
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