Antônio Prado

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Antônio Prado
Municipality
Official seal of Antônio Prado
Seal
RioGrandedoSul Municip AntonioPrado.svg
Coordinates: 28°51′28″S 51°16′58″W / 28.85778°S 51.28278°W / -28.85778; -51.28278Coordinates: 28°51′28″S 51°16′58″W / 28.85778°S 51.28278°W / -28.85778; -51.28278
Country Brazil
State Rio Grande do Sul
Mesoregion Nordeste Rio-grandense[1]
Microregion Caxias do Sul[1]
Founded 11 February 1899
Government
 • Mayor Nilson Camatti
Area
 • Total 347.616 km2 (134.215 sq mi)
Elevation 658 m (2,159 ft)
Population est. IBGE/2008[2]
 • Total 14,159
 • Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone BRT (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) BRST (UTC-2)
HDI 0.841[3]
GDP R$ 174,514,000[4]
GDP per capita R$12,353.00

Antônio Prado is a municipality in the state Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It is surrounded by the municipalities Ipê, Flores da Cunha, Vila Flores, Nova Roma do Sul, São Marcos, Nova Pádua, and Protásio Alves. It is 184 km from Porto Alegre.

The town is named in honor of Antônio da Silva Prado, who planned the Italian immigration to Brazil. It contains the most important ensemble of architecture built by Italian Brazilians. The Italian language (Talian dialect, of Venetian origin), gastronomy and architecture are the most important aspects of Antônio Prado’s culture.

In the town’s Historical Center it is possible to see 48 houses built in wood and masonry. They were landmarked by the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (IPHAN, The Brazilian National Historical and Artistical Heritage Institute) and serve to prove the care with which they were built, and later preserved by the descendants of those immigrants. But the preservation of the roots of the Italian colonization is not limited to the landmarking of the architectural group. In Antônio Prado, the residents keep the traditions of their ancestors alive, through choral singing, industrial arts, and gastronomy.

The municipality is also an eco-tourism destination, with beautiful waterfalls inside the araucaria forest. The natural beauties are also present in that destination, attracting an increasing number of visitors and practisers of adventure sports; who find perfect places for their practice there. Among the most practiced activities in the surroundings of this town, rappel and whitewater rafting are worth mentioning.

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  1. ^ a b "Divisão Territorial do Brasil". Divisão Territorial do Brasil e Limites Territoriais. Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). 1 July 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Estimativas da população para 1º de julho de 2008" (PDF). Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). 29 August 2008. Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Ranking decrescente do IDH-M dos municípios do Brasil". Atlas do Desenvolvimento Humano. Programa das Nações Unidas para o Desenvolvimento (PNUD). 2000. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Produto Interno Bruto dos Municípios 2002-2005". Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). 19 December 2007. Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.