Photographer's Note

The Convent of Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro was founded in the eighteenth century and is located in the neighborhood of Santa Tereza.

The convent is the result of dedication of Jacinta and her sister Francisca Aires Rodrigues, who obtained permission of Governor Gomes Freire de Andrade, for the construction of a convent of Discalced Carmelites dedicated to Saint Teresa of Avila.

The governor gave them a large land and an ancient chapel built in 1620 on Morro do Desterro (later called Morro de Santa Teresa). In a city where there were few white women, the Convent of Santa Teresa was the first female convent.

The construction work began in 1750, in the place of the chapel and in 1757 the first nuns began to live there. The facade has a bell tower of the church and the convent houses. The sober design of the church and convent was conducted by the military engineer José Fernandes Pinto Alpoim that before (1740-1750), had built the nearby Carioca Aqueduct (see leater photos). The proximity to the aqueduct allowed a steady supply of fresh water to the convent.

Badly here the shadow covered the top of the house windows and wall

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