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São Paulo’s Portuguese language museum re-emerges from the flames

Just two days after a fire at a warehouse belonging to the Cinemateca Brasileira, São Paulo's famous Portuguese language museum reopens, five years after being destroyed in a blaze

São Paulo's Portuguese language museum re-emerges from the flames
São Paulo’s Portuguese language museum. Photo: Rovena Rosa/ABr

On Thursday evening, Brazilian social media was awash with shocking footage of a blaze at a warehouse belonging to the Cinemateca Brasileira in São Paulo, home to much of Brazil’s cinema archive. Yet, fires at public buildings are hardly a rare occurrence in the country. In 2019, flames consumed roughly 90 percent of the collection housed at Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum, nearly causing the building to collapse. 

And in São Paulo, the city’s historic Estação da Luz train station caught fire in December 2015, destroying the Museu da Língua Portuguesa — or Portuguese Language Museum —...

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