|Created by||Walcyr Carrasco|
Daniel de Oliveira
|Opening theme||"A Padroeira"|
|Country of origin||Brazil|
|No. of episodes||215|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original network||Rede Globo|
|Original release||18 June 2001 –|
23 February 2002
|Followed by||Coração de Estudante|
A Padroeira (English: The Patroness) was a Brazilian soap opera produced and broadcast by Rede Globo, between 18 June 2001, and 23 February 2002, and presented in 215 chapters.
It was written by Walcyr Carrasco in collaboration with Duca Rachid and directed by Walter Avancini, and had Deborah Secco, Luigi Baricelli, Maurício Mattar, Mariana Ximenes, Luís Melo, Patrícia França, Paulo Goulart, Rodrigo Faro, Susana Vieira, Otávio Augusto and Elizabeth Savalla in leading roles.
In the turbulent 18th century, Valentim and Cecília are two young people who fall in love but belong to different worlds and will have to fight many for their happiness.
It all begins in 1717 with the arrival in Brazil of Conde de Assumar and his small entourage, including the young Cecília de Sá. The group is attacked by a gang of robbers led by Molina, who kidnaps the girl, enchanted by her beauty. But Valentim comes to her rescue, giving birth to a love that forever changes the lives of the two. Their future is compromised: as soon as Cecília comes home and discovers that her father, Dom Lourenço de Sá, already has a suitor for her hand, the rich and powerful nobleman Dom Fernão de Avelar.
Valentim's past is also a hindrance to the union of the couple: for having refused to deliver the map of some gold mines to the Crown, Valentim's father was considered a traitor, imprisoned and killed in a cell in Lisbon. Valentim was raised by a lawyer uncle, the poet Manuel Cintra. Despite his noble and chivalrous nature, he is broken by the power of the village.
Motivated by his love for Cecília, Valentim goes to great lengths to prove his father's innocence. To do so, he will fight to find the gold mine map. Cecília, who doesn't yield easily to the will of her father, was not enchanted by Dom Fernão, who is rude, gross and arrogant. Humiliated by the rejection, Dom Fernão swears to take revenge and promises that Cecília will be his at any price.
Gold mines are also the interest to assume that the Count carried with him documents that would take them, but were stolen by Molina's gang. This articulates a plan with Blanca de Sevilla, a Spanish woman of Gypsy origin who came to Brazil fleeing the Inquisition, to infiltrate the society of Guaratinguetá and find out where is the map where Molina killed the Jesuit and steal his habit and part of the village, where he is received into the church by Padre José and Juiz Honorato Vilela, who did not distrust the deceiver. Meanwhile, Blanca gets involved with Valentim, taking advantage of his troubled romance with Cecília.
Also the fishermen of the town of Guaratinguetá have a constant struggle: the recognition of the cult of Our Lady of Aparecida, who performed miracles after his image has been found for them in the Paraiba do Sul River and want to take some powerful ambition to its logical conclusion. But the well has a powerful weapon, because when your faith gets to the heart, miracles happen in all the appearances of marriage and suffer silently with the infidelity of a strong friend and ambitious Filipe Pedroso, a cold man, who takes over the action directly, after the mysterious disappearance of his partner, the rich and admired businessman Dom Agostinho de Miranda.
|Deborah Secco||Cecília de Sá|
|Luigi Baricelli||Valentim Coimbra|
|Maurício Mattar||Dom Fernão de Avelar|
|Elizabeth Savalla||Imaculada de Avelar|
|Patrícia França||Blanca de Sevilla|
|Susana Vieira||Dorothéia Lopes Cintra (Dodô)|
|Otávio Augusto||Manuel Cintra (Mr. Poet)|
|Paulo Goulart||Dom Lourenço de Sá|
|Mariana Ximenes||Izabel de Avelar|
|Rodrigo Faro||Faustino Pereira|
|Murilo Rosa||Diogo Soares Cabral|
|Bianca Byington||Gertudes de Sá|
|Cecil Thiré||Captain Antunes|
|Lu Grimaldi||Joaquina Cabral Mendonça|
|Taumaturgo Ferreira||Judge Honorato Vilela|
|Laura Cardoso||Silvana da Rocha|
|Gustavo Haddad||Luís Antunes|
|Daniel de Oliveira||Priest Gregório|
|Fábio Villa Verde||Brás de Sá (O Alferes)|
|Cláudio Gabriel||João Alves|
|Renata Nascimento||Marcelina de Sá|
|Luiz Antônio do Nascimento||Damião|
|Mariah da Penha||Eusébia|
|Dani Ornellas||Benta da Silva|
|Emanuelle Soncini||Tonha (Antônia)|
|Othon Bastos||Priest José|
|Stênio Garcia||Dom Antônio Cabral|
|Isaac Bardavid||Filipe Pedroso|
|Jackson Antunes||Atanásio Pedroso|
|António Marques||Count of Assumar|
|Roney Villela||João Fogaça|
|Maria Ribeiro||Rosa Maria|
|Carlos Gregório||Domingos Martins Correia|
|Felipe Camargo||Frei Tomé|
|Giulia Gam||Antonieta Miranda|
|Isabel Fillardis||Clarice dos Anjos|
|Cláudio Corrêa e Castro||Dom Agostinho Miranda|
|Stepan Nercessian||João da Cruz|
|Ana Paula Tabalipa||Agnes|