The Museum of the Portuguese Language has reopened in the Brazilian city of São Paulo after six years. The Folk Museum building was largely destroyed in a major fire in late 2015 that killed a firefighter. Last year it turned out that the fire was caused by lighting problems.
“Here we are not forgetting the ashes of the past, but building on them the future,” said Portuguese President Rebelo de Sousa at the opening ceremony. “This is a celebration of the future of our common language.” Worldwide, about 260 million people speak Portuguese.
The ceremony was attended by many dignitaries, the Governor of the State of São Paulo, the President of the State of Cape Verde, and the Angolan Minister of Culture.
The biggest absentee was Brazilian President Bolsonaro, who, according to the governor of São Paulo Doria, “preferred to participate in a motorcycle parade” elsewhere in his state. Doria, Bolsonaro’s political rival, wants to run against him in next year’s presidential election.
The museum was one of the most visited museums in Brazil. According to local media, the museum’s reconstruction cost about 85.8 million riyals, or about 13.9 million euros.
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