21 Jul

TRAPICHE ELIZER LEVY AND PEDRA DO GUINDASTE: two symbols in the Macapá landscape

The Amapá  history undoubtedly, is the result of a long process of development on several  contexts. It is also a reflection of the monumental deployments which have walked the path of urban growth of the city. One of the contributors in this process it’s about the Trapiche Eliezer Levy, situated in the capital, Macapá.

60's - Boats moored at Trapiche Eliezer Levy. Source: http://macapabadonorte.blogspot.com/

The construction of the pier was started in the 40s, by initiative of  the Mayor Moisés Eliezer Levy interventor of the state of Pará, ordered by Lieutenant Colonel Magalhães Barata who managed funds for the commencement of works, in honor,  the pier is  called “Trapiche Eliezer Levy”, having originally 472 meters in length.

In a reform of the pier received a concrete structure, where the end is a restaurant, which included regional dishes on their menu. It also added a cable car, which led visitors and tourists on a short route from beginning to end of the pier. In short, Trapiche Eliezer Levy had a restaurant, a covered area, an ice cream parlor, a small square, and simple boarding and arrival stations for passengers. Thereafter, the vessels began to dock elsewhere.

View from Beira-Rio to pier. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/erichmacias/158187065/sizes/z/in/photostream/

Upon completion, the pier for some time served as a port, functioning as arrival and departure of the city of Macapá.

The Trapiche Eliezer Levy, for a long time, was part of the context of tourist attractions. However, currently is in a condition of disrepair for lack of funds for repairs and maintenance items such as the cable car.

Cable car installed in the pier. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/erichmacias/148901792/sizes/z/in/photostream/

The pier has undergone several renovations, but was consolidated in a standard structurally permanent. Its existence, no doubt, provided a satisfactory growth in the urban parameters of the city as well as an element that is inserted in the history of Amapá, in general.

Pier long. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anteromarques/5194962943/sizes/z/in/photostream/

However, when we talk about the pier, we must impose attention to other element, the Pedra do Guindaste, which exists until today in the Macapá city landscape.

The Pedra do Guindaste is located at the front edge of town, next to the pier and near to the Fortaleza de São José de Macapá, distance is about 300 meters from the shores of the Amazon River.

Pedra do Guindaste. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anteromarques/5194962943/sizes/z/in/photostream/

Before the construction of the pier, the Pedra do Guindaste served as a harbor for small boats. However, due to an accident involving a vessel, the original stone was eventually demolished by the strong collision. However, it was built in its place a concrete block which is fixed which the statue of St. José, who is the religious symbol of the city, considered the patron saint of the Macapá for Catholics.

The statue was made by Antônio Ferreira da Costa, Portuguese sculptor, at the request of the build it like meant a protection for sailors who passed by the Amazon River.

The Amapá Folklore  became the Pedra do Guindaste target  of many legends, among which it are still prevalent even today. Many of these legends have supernatural apparitions and typical legendary symbols of the Amazon as the Cobra Grande (Big Snake). The monument also inspires poets and singers as well as the Trapiche Eliezer Levy and the Fortaleza de São José.

The Trapiche Eliezer Levy and Pedra do Guindaste  represent for population of Amapá, attractives leisure and entertainment complex comprising the shore of Macapá, it actually dates back to the city, a cluster of several buildings and monuments that is part of its urban setting and most importantly, tell the history of the city’s development over the years, characterizing it as a unique place.









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