Ametista do Sul

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Ametista do Sul
Municipality
Nickname(s): 
O município que Brilha
Locator map of Ametista do Sul in Rio Grande do Sul.svg
Coordinates: 27°21′39″S 53°10′55″W / 27.36083°S 53.18194°W / -27.36083; -53.18194Coordinates: 27°21′39″S 53°10′55″W / 27.36083°S 53.18194°W / -27.36083; -53.18194
CountryBrazil
StateRio Grande do Sul
MesoregionNoroeste Rio-grandense
MicroregionFrederico Westphalen
FoundedMarch 20, 1992
Government
 • MayorDorval Americo Bassi (PMDB)
Area
 • Total93.490 km2 (36.097 sq mi)
Elevation
505 m (1,657 ft)
Population
est. IBGE/2008 [1]
 • Total8,440
 • Density90/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone-3
HDI0.754
GDPR$ 41,493,000
GDP per capitaR$ 5,161.00

Ametista do Sul is a municipality in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It borders Planalto, Frederico Westphalen, Cristal do Sul, Rodeio Bonito and Iraí. The municipality is known for the amethyst mines in the area. The center of town has a pyramid that the interior base walls (3 meters) are lined with amethyst. The opposing Catholic Church interior walls (6 meters) are covered with amethyst.

The community has several amethyst mines active. There is a museum dedicated to the industry. There are vineyards with older unproductive mines converted to wine cellars. There are stores and other outlets to purchase amethyst and other stones.

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  1. ^ "Estimativas da população para 1º de julho de 2008" (PDF). Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). 29 August 2008. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2008.