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Friday, May 30, 2014

Ruins of 19th-century villa await World Cup tourists in Amazon

Children play soccer in the ruins of Paricatuba, near Manaus, Brazil. Paricatuba was built in 1898 at the height of the region’s rubber boom, which briefly transformed Manaus into one of the richest cities in the world. After the Italian migration dried up, the villa housed an art school run by French priests. Then it became a penitentiary. Then a leper colony, before simply being abandoned to the tropical elements.