Roaming the ruins

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Roaming the ruins

An old villa beckons darkly
A boy watches a soccer match as he waits for his turn to play in the ruins of Paricatuba, near Manaus, Brazil. Paricatuba was built in 1898 at the height of the region’s rubber boom, which briefly made Manaus one of the world’s richest cities.
Children and adults play soccer in the ruins of Paricatuba, near Manaus, Brazil. After the Italian migration came to a stop, the villa housed an art school run by French priests. Then it became a penitentiary and later a leper colony, before being abandoned.
A boy kicks a penalty shot during a soccer match in the ruins of Paricatuba, near Manaus, Brazil. Children of the tiny village of Paricatuba, which grew up around the villa, use the ruins as a spot for barefoot soccer or to scare themselves silly.
In addition to soccer, children and adults come to the villa to explore, party and scare themselves.

Roaming the ruins

A boy watches a soccer match as he waits for his turn to play in the ruins of Paricatuba, near Manaus, Brazil. Paricatuba was built in 1898 at the height of the region’s rubber boom, which briefly made Manaus one of the world’s richest cities.
Children and adults play soccer in the ruins of Paricatuba, near Manaus, Brazil. After the Italian migration came to a stop, the villa housed an art school run by French priests. Then it became a penitentiary and later a leper colony, before being abandoned.
A boy kicks a penalty shot during a soccer match in the ruins of Paricatuba, near Manaus, Brazil. Children of the tiny village of Paricatuba, which grew up around the villa, use the ruins as a spot for barefoot soccer or to scare themselves silly.
In addition to soccer, children and adults come to the villa to explore, party and scare themselves.
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