Guarani, Minas Gerais

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Location of Guarani within Minas Gerais

Guarani is a municipality located in the Zona da Mata within the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Its latitude is 21º21'07" S and the longitude is 43°21'27" W.[1] The population in 2013 is reckoned as 8.977 inhabitants based on the prediction of the Brazilian censo.[2] The average elevation is 440m above the sea level within the urban limits, reaching up to 1,434m in the mountainous area located in the outskirts. The town was named after the biggest native tribe which dwelt in Brazil before the Colonial Period, the Guaranis.

Gurani's most iconic landscape is the Catholic Parish of the Divine Holy Ghost located in one of the highest points of the town. Surrounded by a small green garden and Marechal Deodoro da Fonseca Square and gathered with astonishing paintings as well as sculptures representing New Testament's passages the church is an attractive building which reminds the baroque churches of older cities, spread throughout Minas Gerais state, settled in the seventeenth century. In despite of those cities Guarani only achieved its emancipation in the second decade of the twentieth century. More precisely by the March 25th 1914.[3]

Coordinates: 21°21′07″S 43°02′49″W / 21.35194°S 43.04694°W / -21.35194; -43.04694

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