Boa Vista, Roraima
|The Municipality of Boa Vista|
|Motto: "Segurança, Desenvolvimento, Integração" ("Security, Development, Integration")|
|State of Roraima|
|Founded||July 9, 1890|
|• Mayor||Iradilson Sampaio PPS|
|• Total||5,687.022 km2 (2,195.771 sq mi)|
|Elevation||76 m (249 ft)|
|• Density||43.8/km2 (113/sq mi)|
|Area code(s)||(+55) 95|
|Website||Boa Vista, Roraima|
Boa Vista (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈboɐ ˈvistɐ], Good View) is the capital of the Brazilian state of Roraima. Situated on the western bank of the River Branco, the city lies 220 km (136 mi) away from Brazil's border with Venezuela. It is the only Brazilian capital located entirely north of the equator.
Boa Vista is the most populous municipality in the state of Roraima; approximately half of the population of the state lives in the city. Commerce mostly occurs with Manaus, the capital of the State of Amazonas. Business also takes place between Boa Vista and with the cities of Lethem, in Guyana and Santa Elena de Uairén, in Venezuela. These two foreign cities are the only major cities that can be accessed from Boa Vista by road, although roads connect other smaller state municipalities with the capital city. Travel by airplane is the only means of transportation with other regions of the country.
As a modern city, Boa Vista stands out among the other capitals of the North Region of Brazil as it is a planned city with a radial plan. It was planned by the architect Darci Aleixo Derenusson who based his design for the city on one that is similar to that of Paris, France. The city was built under the direction of Captain Ene Garcez, the first governor of Roraima..
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The municipality of Boa Vista formed the first urban area of the state of Roraima. The São Joaquim Fort, founded in 1775, is located about 32 km from the capital and is considered to be of great importance to the region.
The city was created on July 9, 1890 as Boa Vista do Rio Branco. It was founded by Augusto Villeroy (Amazonas's Governor). The first mayor was João Capistrano da Silva Mota, also known as Coronel Mota. After the mayor, two councillors (José Francisco Coelho and José Gonzaga de Souza Junior) were appointed.
In 1943, during the middle of World War II, Boa Vista became the capital of the recently created Federal Territory of Rio Branco. The territory grew from mining operations in the area. The then Federal Territory of Rio Branco was elevated to statehood, later being renamed as "Roraima". Later, machine-based mining was prohibited (because of the resulting damage to the landscape), which ended up hindering the economy of the state and the municipality.
Boa Vista experiences a tropical savannah climate (Koppen Aw), with a hot, humid wet season and a very warm dry season. Interestingly, being the only major Brazilian city north of the equator, the wettest and driest months in Boa Vista are the reverse of the rest of the Amazonian region of Brazil, with a hot, humid, rainy period from May to August and a very warm, dry period from September to April. Temperatures fluctuations are relatively unsubstantial throughout the year.
|Climate data for Boa Vista (1961-1990)|
|Average high °C (°F)||32.6
|Average low °C (°F)||23.2
|Precipitation mm (inches)||25.1
|Source: Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology (INMET) |
The GDP of the city was R$ 2,265,603,000 (2005).
The per capita income of the city was R$ 9,366 (2005).
Portuguese is the official national language, and the primary language taught in schools. But English and Spanish are part of the official high school curriculum.
Educational institutions include:
- Universidade Federal de Roraima (UFRR);
- Instituto Federal de Roraima (IFRR);
- Faculdades Cathedral – Boa Vista (Cathedral-Boa Vista);
- Faculdade de Teologia de Boa Vista (Fatebov);
- and many others.
Tourism and recreation
- The biggest park of the north region of Brazil is located here, the Anaua Park, a major recreational park with a Forrodromo (show place), a square, a lake and a cart-racing facility.
- Taumanam is a small artificial beach on Rio Branco. It has several stores and snack bars and was created in 2005.
- The Ayrton Senna complex is the most visited tourist attraction in Boa Vista, consisting of Ayrton Senna, Velia Coutinho (Alimentation square and a show place), Praça das Águas (a square where there is a water show), Millennium portal (it was created to commemorate the 21st century), and Praça das Artes (the newest and the largest plazas in the complex, built together on part of the park).
Festa Junina (Saint John Festival)
Festa Junina was introduced to Northeastern Brazil by the Portuguese for whom St John's day (also celebrated as Midsummer Day in several European countries), on the 24th of June, is one of the oldest and most popular celebrations of the year. The festivities traditionally begin after the 12th of June, on the eve of St Anthony's day, and last until the 29th, which is Saint Peter's day. During these fifteen days, there are bonfires, fireworks, and folk dancing in the streets (step names are in French, which shows the mutual influences between court life and peasant culture in the 17th, 18th, and 19th-century Europe). Once exclusively a rural celebration, today, in Brazil, it is now largely a city festival.
The Civic Center
The Civic Center, built in the form of an opened fan, starts from the banks of the Rio Branco. This design was created by the engineer Darci Aleixo Deregusson during Ene Garcez's government, the first of its kind in Roraima.
From the Civic Center runs a system of 16 avenues, with inspiration drawn from Paris, France, Belo Horizonte, and Goiânia, Brazil. In this square are the head offices of the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches of the state government. Other buildings of significance are the Palace of Culture, the Amazônia Bank, the Ministry of Education, and a cathedral.
The civic center also showcases a monument to the miners who were the first inhabitants of this land.
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Initially, indigenous people were the only inhabitants of Boa Vista. Boa Vista had the highest growth rate of any Brazilian capital in the 1970s, at 3% per year. What attracts immigrants most to this city are employment opportunities that generated by public service jobs for Brazilians. General commercial opportunities attract immigrants from neighboring countries. In 1950 Boa Vista had about 5,200 inhabitants. This number has grown 47 fold in only 56 years to approximately 250,000 inhabitants.
There are several professional football clubs in Boa Vista:
- Atlético Roraima Clube
- Baré Esporte Clube
- Grêmio Atlético Sampaio (GAS)
- São Raimundo Esporte Clube
- River Esporte Clube
- Atlético Rio Negro Clube
- Náutico Futebol Clube
The city's most important stadium is Estádio Flamarion Vasconcelos, better known as Canarinho, located in the neighborhood of the same name, Canarinho. The stadium, which located in the southern part of Boa Vista, has a maximum capacity of 10,000 people. Also found in Boa Vista is the Ribeirão stadium, located in a suburb of the city.
Boa Vista is served by Boa Vista-Atlas Brasil Cantanhede International Airport with flights to Belém, Brasília, Georgetown (Guyana), Manaus, Paramaribo (Suriname), and Rio de Janeiro. Boa Vista International Airport was opened on February 19, 1973, and underwent major remodelings in 1998 and 2009. The passenger terminal, runway and apron were all enlarged, and a separate taxiway was built.
The federal government has started a project to link Boa Vista by road to Manaus and then by extension to the major centers of Brazil, by asphalting the BR 319 and building several bridges in the Amazon forest, allowing a direct road link to Manaus and then on to the central and southern regions of Brazil.
- Boa Vista, capital city of Roraima, Brazil
- "Climatological Information for Boa Vista, Brazil". Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- GDP (PDF) (in Portuguese). Boa Vista, Brazil: IBGE. 2005. ISBN 85-240-3919-1. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
- per capita income (PDF) (in Portuguese). Boa Vista, Brazil: IBGE. 2005. ISBN 85-240-3919-1. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
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