Garanhuns

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Garanhuns
Municipality
Município de Garanhuns
Municipality of Garanhuns
Top left:Heliopolis area, Top right:Gonçalves Maia Street(Rua Gonçalves Maia), Middle left:Garnhums Floral Clock(Garnhums Relógio Floral), Middle right:Dom Moura Square(Praça Dom Moura), Bottom left:Mãe Rainha Sanctuary(Santuário Mãe Rainha), Bottom right:Saint Josph Seminay(Seminário São José)
Top left:Heliopolis area, Top right:Gonçalves Maia Street(Rua Gonçalves Maia), Middle left:Garnhums Floral Clock(Garnhums Relógio Floral), Middle right:Dom Moura Square(Praça Dom Moura), Bottom left:Mãe Rainha Sanctuary(Santuário Mãe Rainha), Bottom right:Saint Josph Seminay(Seminário São José)
Flag of Garanhuns
Flag
Official seal of Garanhuns
Seal

Nickname(s): "Suíça pernambucana" ("Switzerland in Pernambuco"),

"Cidade das flores" ("City of Flowers")
Location of Garanhuns
Garanhuns is located in Brazil
Garanhuns
Garanhuns
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 08°53′25″S 36°29′34″W / 8.89028°S 36.49278°W / -8.89028; -36.49278Coordinates: 08°53′25″S 36°29′34″W / 8.89028°S 36.49278°W / -8.89028; -36.49278
Country  Brazil
Region Northeast
State Bandeira de Pernambuco.svg Pernambuco
Founded 1879
Government
 • Mayor Izaías Régis Neto {PTB}
Area
 • Total 472.462 km2 (182.419 sq mi)
Elevation 896 m (2,940 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 130.303
 • Density 275.8/km2 (714/sq mi)
Demonym garanhuense
Time zone BRT (UTC−3)
 • Summer (DST) BRST (UTC−2)
Portico
Location of Garanhuns

Garanhuns is a city in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. Located in the Borborema Plateau, the town is known as the "Suíça Pernambucana" (Pernambucan Switzerland) due to its pleasant weather during summer and low temperatures during winter, something rather unusual for the region. It is also known as "Cidade das Flores" ("City of Flowers") or "Cidade da Garoa" ("City of Drizzle").

Garanhuns is most famous for the Festival de Inverno, or The Winter Festival, which it holds every year in July. During the winter, temperatures in Garanhuns can drop to 7 degrees Celsius (44 degrees Fahrenheit). This is quite cold for a city that is only a few degrees south of the equator.

Geography[edit]

Garanhuns
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Precipitation totals in mm
Source: The Weather Channel (in Portuguese)

Tourism[edit]

It's the weather, cold for the locals and mild for foreigners, and the mountains which attract many tourists to the region during Summer and Winter. Garanhuns, Gravatá and Triunfo are the most visited mountainous (cold) cities of the state.

Tourist attractions

Floral clock
  • Winter musical festival (July)
  • Flowers clock Relógio das flores
  • Celso Galvao Palace
  • Park Euclides Dourado and Park Ruben Van Der Linden
  • João Capão Castle
  • São Bento Monastery
  • Ipiranga Monument
  • The seven Hills.

Economy[edit]

Celso Gavao Palace - City Hall

The main economic activities in Garanhuns are based in mountain tourism (winter tourism), general commerce and primary sector especially flowers, tomatoes, manioc, cows, chickens and milk.

Economic indicators[edit]

Population [1] GDP x(1000 R$).[2] GDP pc (R$) PE
131.313 742.593 5.941 1.20%

Economy by Sector 2006

Primary sector Secondary sector Service sector
3.75% 21.50% 74.75%

Health indicators[edit]

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HDI (2000) Hospitals (2007) Hospital beds (2007) Children's Mortality per 1000 (2005)
0.693 5 488 23.1

Notable residents[edit]

Garanhuns is notable for being the hometown of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, born in Caetés, which was a district of Garanhuns until 1963. The film Lula, o filho do Brasil, about his life, was shot at the town.

The composer and musician Dominguinhos was also born in the city, as well as the actress Lívia Falcão, well known for her work in both TV and stage.

Panorama view of Garanhuns, from Mount Magano

References[edit]

See also[edit]

Further information: Pernambuco museums