Araraquara

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Araraquara
Downtown Araraquara
Downtown Araraquara
Flag of Araraquara
Flag
Official seal of Araraquara
Seal
Nickname(s): Sun's Home
SaoPaulo Municip Araraquara.svg
Coordinates: 21°47′41″S 48°10′34″W / 21.79472°S 48.17611°W / -21.79472; -48.17611Coordinates: 21°47′41″S 48°10′34″W / 21.79472°S 48.17611°W / -21.79472; -48.17611
Country Brazil
State São Paulo
Founded 1817
Government
 • Mayor Marcelo Fortes Barbieri
Area
 • Total 1,005.968 km2 (388.406 sq mi)
Elevation 664 m (2,178 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 212,672
 • Density 211.41/km2 (547.5/sq mi)
Demonym Araraquarense
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
Postal code 14801
Area code(s) +(55) 16
Website Official website (Portuguese)

Not to be confused with Araracuara, a town, region, genus of trees in Colombia

Araraquara is a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. It is also known as "the abode of the sun," because of its impressive sunset and because of its hazy atmosphere, especially in summer.

More than 208,725 people live in Araraquara. The city was founded in 1817.

Ferroviária is the local football (soccer) team of the city. The club plays home matches at Estádio Fonte Luminosa, which has a maximum capacity of 27,000 people.

The city downtown is filled with bars, especially around colleges, as it has a high flux of students from nearby cities.

The city is served by Bartolomeu de Gusmão Airport.

The name of the city comes from the Tupi-Guarani language and is believed to mean either "abode of the macaws" or "abode of the sun".

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