Brejo da Madre de Deus

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Location of Brejo da Madre de Deus within Pernambuco.

Brejo da Madre de Deus (Swamp of the Mother of God) is a city located in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. Located at 202 km away from Recife, capital of the state of Pernambuco. Has an estimated (Ibge 2009) population of 42.250 inhabitants. It is nationally famous for hosting every easter a large open air theater show designated passion of Christ in New Jerusalem.


Cangaceiro statue, in the park of sculptures


In Fazenda Nova, which means New Farm, a district of Brejo da Madre de Deus is located the Park of Sculptures and the famous New Jerusalem theater.

Roman Forum - stage 6

The theater city hosts every year in the Easter an outdoor theater show designated Passion of Christ which tell us the history of death and resurrection of Jesus. It is considered the largest open-air theater in the world[1] due to its 100,000 m2 (1.1 million ft2), surrounded by 3500 meters of walls and 70 towers.


The main economic activities in Brejo da Madre de Deus are based in tourism, commerce and agribusiness, especially tomatoes; and livestock such as cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and poultry.

Economic indicators[edit]

Population[2] GDP x(1000 R$).[3] GDP pc (R$) PE
42.250 125.475 3.116 0.21%

Economy by Sector 2006

Primary sector Secondary sector Service sector
8.98% 9.87% 81.15%

Health indicators[edit]


HDI (2000) Hospitals (2007) Hospitals beds (2007) Children's Mortality every 1000 (2005)
0.579 2 57 13.7


Coordinates: 8°09′S 36°22′W / 8.150°S 36.367°W / -8.150; -36.367