Juazeiro do Norte

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Juazeiro do Norte
city
Flag of Juazeiro do Norte
Flag
Official seal of Juazeiro do Norte
Seal
Location of Juazeiro do Norte
Location of Juazeiro do Norte
Country Brazil
Region Northeast
State Ceará
Government
 • Mayor Raimundo Antonio de Macêdo (PMDB)
Area
 • Total 248.558 km2 (95.969 sq mi)
Elevation 350 m (1,150 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 246.515

Juazeiro do Norte Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuaˈzejɾu ˈdu ˈnɔht̪i] is a city in the state of Ceará state in northeastern Brazil. It is located 528 km south of the state capital Fortaleza in the semiarid sertão. The municipality has a population of 246.515 (2008 official estimate) and covers 248 km².

Juazeiro do Norte is best known as the base of the charismatic priest and politician Padre Cícero (Cícero Romão Batista) (1844-1934). A pilgrimage in his honour takes place every November, attracting thousands of followers.

The city is served by Orlando Bezerra de Menezes Airport. Juazeiro do Norte is connected to the nearby city of Crato by a commuter rail line called the Cariri Metro that opened in 2009–2010.

History[edit]

Juazeiro do Norte was initially a district of the nearby city of Crato, until a young Padre Cícero Romão Batista decided to stay as a cleric in the village. Padre Cícero was then responsible for the independence and emancipation of the city. Because of the so-called "milagre de Juazeiro" ("miracle in Juazeiro", when Padre Cícero gave the sacred host to the religious sister Maria de Araújo, the host became blood), the priest was associated with mystical characteristics and began to be venerated by the people as a saint. Today the city is the second largest in the state and a reference in the Northeast region thanks to the priest.

Musical events[edit]

On July 6, 2013, during the worst drought in 60 years in the Brazilian Wilderness (Sertão), a Christian music band Diante do Trono recorded its sixteenth work in Juazeiro do Norte, Tu Reinas album was recorded at Park Events Padre Cicero brought together approximately 50,000 people who came from all parts of Brazil, was the largest event in Juazeiro do Norte and across the Sertão region.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diante do Trono apresenta as canções do DT16 na IBL". Portal Diante do Trono. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Diante do Trono grava o DT16 em Juazeiro do Norte". Portal Diante do Trono. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 

Coordinates: 7°12′S 39°20′W / 7.200°S 39.333°W / -7.200; -39.333