São Pedro da Aldeia

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São Pedro da Aldeia
Municipality
Município de São Pedro da Aldeia
The Municipality of São Pedro da Aldeia
Flag of São Pedro da Aldeia
Flag
Official seal of São Pedro da Aldeia
Seal
Location in the State of Rio de Janeiro
Location in the State of Rio de Janeiro
São Pedro da Aldeia is located in Brazil
São Pedro da Aldeia
São Pedro da Aldeia
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 22°50′20″S 42°06′10″W / 22.83889°S 42.10278°W / -22.83889; -42.10278Coordinates: 22°50′20″S 42°06′10″W / 22.83889°S 42.10278°W / -22.83889; -42.10278
Country  Brazil
Region Southeast
State Bandeira do estado do Rio de Janeiro.svg Rio de Janeiro
Founded 16 May 1617
Demonym aldeense
Postal Code 28.940-000
Area code(s) 22
Website http://www.pmspa.rj.gov.br/

São Pedro da Aldeia (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɐ̃w pedɾu ˈda awdeɪɐ]) is a town and a municipality in Brazil. Its population was 88.013 (2010) and its area is 340 km².[1]

Geography[edit]

Windsurfing

It lies in the east of Rio de Janeiro State on the Araruama Lake, 120 km from the state capital, Rio de Janeiro. The Araruama lagoon is the largest hypersaline lagoon in the world. Sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing and others like these are common because of the wind force in São Pedro da Aldeia

Economy[edit]

Salt extraction and fishing are the two most important industries.

History[edit]

São Pedro da Aldeia was founded in 1660 by Catholic priests on the top of a hill named after Saint Peter, in honor of whom the city was named. A chapel was built that was later replaced by an architecturally significant church. Nowadays it is the main historical monument in the town and is protected by state laws. Some colonial buildings and landmarks remain today, such as the cemetery beside the church, where the family graves of the founders of the town remain. In the 1960s the Brazilian Air Force and Navy built a military airport there, bringing many migrants from others parts of the country and increasing the town's population.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ IBGE - [1]