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View of Bicas
View of Bicas
Flag of Bicas
Official seal of Bicas
Location in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Bicas is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 21°43′30″S 43°03′32″W / 21.72500°S 43.05889°W / -21.72500; -43.05889Coordinates: 21°43′30″S 43°03′32″W / 21.72500°S 43.05889°W / -21.72500; -43.05889
Country  Brazil
Region Southeast
State Minas Gerais
Mesoregion Zona da Mata
Microregion Juiz de Fora
Founded September 7th, 1923
 • Mayor Geraldo Magela Longo dos Santos
 • Total 139,538 km2 (53,876 sq mi)
Elevation 600.0 m (1,968.5 ft)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 13,653
Time zone BRT (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) BRST (UTC-2)
HDI (2000) 0.799
Website Bicas, Minas Gerais

Bicas is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Minas Gerais. As of 2004 its population is estimated to be 13.590 inhabitants.


Initially a breakpoint for salesmen in the 18th century, Bicas obtained its independence from the city of Guarará in 1923. It was an attraction point for Italian immigrants and also other nationalities.

Until the 1970s, Bicas had a full-working train station and an active RFFSA (the extinct state railroad company) branch for repairing wagons. Unfortunately, all this structure was dismantled and today the train station exists only as a historic site. Currently, Bicas has an economy based on commerce, agriculture and farming.

Annual Farming Expositions, with bull-riding and rodeos, cattle commerce and local products - typically in the last week of July of every year - are a tradition of several cities in Zona da Mata, and the Farming Exposition of Bicas is one of the most famous, attracting thousands of tourists from several parts of the country.

Aerial view of Bicas, in 1995, towards west, showing the city centre and Cruzeiro hill (in the middle), the region of the farming exposition (on the right side) and the highlands (on the left side). Bicas, like many other cities in Zona da Mata region of Minas Gerais state, is surrounded by the typical local geographical relief known as "sea of hills".
Magnified aerial view of the centre of Bicas, in 1995, towards west, showing with details the city centre (in the middle), where it is possible to observe the central square with the main church. The Cruzeiro hill can be seen on the right side, and above the highlands of the city. It is possible to see, in this picture, the RFFSA's local branch's headquarters. In the top of the picture, parts of the road BR-267 can be seen (linking to neighbour cities like Juiz de Fora, Guarará, Maripá, Mar de Espanha and Pequeri (this last two after routing through the road MG-126)). Again, the "sea of hills" geographical relief surrounding the city is quite noticeable.

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  1. ^ "Área territorial oficial" [Official Territorial Area] (in Portuguese). Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). 2002-10-10. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Censo Populacional 2010" [Population Census 2010] (in Portuguese). Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). 2010-11-29. Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-11.