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Embalmed heart of Pedro I arrives in Brazil ahead of Independence Day

Brasilia, Aug 22 (EFE).- The embalmed heart of Brazil’s first emperor Pedro I returned to the South American nation Monday in time for the bicentenary anniversary of the country’s independence from Portugal.

The 187-year-old organ, preserved in formaldehyde, was flown from Portugal, where it has been kept at a Porto church, to Brasilia accompanied by Brazilian and Portuguese officials.

It was the first time Pedro I’s heart has left the European nation. It was received with official honors in Brasilia and transported under tight security to the foreign affairs ministry, where it will be put on display.

Brazil will celebrate its Independence Day on September 7, marking 200 years since gaining independence from Portugal under the rule of Pedro I.

The emperor’s heart will then be returned to Portugal.

Pedro I died in Portugal in 1834.EFE


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