Canindé, Ceará

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The Municipality of Canindé
Statue of Saint Francis
Statue of Saint Francis
Flag of Canindé
Official seal of Canindé
Nickname(s): Meca Nordestina
Location of Canindé
Coordinates: 3°43′6″S 38°32′34″W / 3.71833°S 38.54278°W / -3.71833; -38.54278Coordinates: 3°43′6″S 38°32′34″W / 3.71833°S 38.54278°W / -3.71833; -38.54278
Country  Brazil
Region Northeast
State Bandeira do Ceará.svg Ceará
 • Mayor Celso Crisóstomo (Workers Party (Brazil)
 • Total 3,218.423 km2 (1,242.640 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 74,486
 • Rank 405th
 • Density 23.14/km2 (59.9/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC-3)
Postal Code 60000-000
Area code(s) +55 85
Website Canindé, Ceará

Canindé is a Brazilian municipality located in the state of Ceará. It is the 11th most populous city in the state. The religiosity is the main characteristic of Canindé, mainly during the Sain Francis Party that last one entire week and happens once a year. The municipality receives millions of tourists every year, and the most visited places are the Saint Francis statue and the Saint Francis Church.


Vincentino Building.
Canindé City Hall

By the intersection of the Curu River and the Choró River was inhabited by Native Brazilians. They were called Tapuia. After the 17th century, Portuguese colonizers started habituating the land. The new inhabitants started agricultural procedures and creation of animals as soon as the got in the land.

In 1775, Xavier de Medeiros, right in the border of the Canindé River, started building a church for Saint Francis. Nowadays, the Saint Francis church is located at the same place; however, it was totally reformulated by the Italian architect Antonio Mazzoti and the painter George Kau. In 1818, Canindé became a village and in July 29, 1846 the Municipality of Canindé was declared.[1]



Canindé has a Tropical semiarid climate with temperatures that goes from 25 C to 32 C [2]

Soil types[edit]

the soil in Canindé is basically composed of non calcium type (55.14%), litholic (12.52%,), others (4.04%)


Canindé has a semiarid climate, so most of its fauna is composed of animals that are well adapted to it like the Canindé bird, armadillos, lizards and sparrow-hawks.


In June 21, 1847 it was installed the city building in Canindé Downtown.


IFCE Canindé.

Canindé has 3 public high schools. There are the Paulo Sarasate School, Frei Policarpo School and the School of Professional Education Capelão Frei Orlando.[3] It also has 1 private high school which is the CNEC-Canindé. The city also host a headquarters os a Federal institute of education (IFCE).

Saint Francis Church.
Saint Francis Church.