Leopoldina, Minas Gerais

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Cathedral of St. Sebastian
Cathedral of St. Sebastian
Flag of Leopoldina
Coat of arms of Leopoldina
Coat of arms
Location of the municipality in Minas Gerais
Location of the municipality in Minas Gerais
Coordinates: 21°31′55″S 42°38′34″W / 21.53194°S 42.64278°W / -21.53194; -42.64278
Country Brazil
State Minas Gerais
Mesoregion Zona da Mata
Microregion Cataguases
Founded April 27, 1854
 • Prefect José Roberto
 • Total 942.74 km2 (363.99 sq mi)
Elevation 225 m (738 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 51,136
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone BRST (UTC−3)
 • Summer (DST) BRDT (UTC−2)
Website http://www.leopoldina.mg.gov.br/

Leopoldina is a municipality in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. As of 2010, it has a population of 51,136.

It is situated in the southeastern Zona da Mata mesoregion of the state.

The municipality contains the 368.7 hectares (911 acres) Lapinha Biological Reserve, a strictly-protected area of Atlantic Forest.[1]

Leopoldina was the site of a wave of immigration of Jews, mostly from Eastern Europe, in the 1920s and 1930s, as detailed in a book Jews of Leopoldina, published in 2007 by the Jewish Museum of Rio de Janeiro. [2]

The city is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leopoldina.


  1. ^ Reservas Biologicas – MG (PDF) (in Portuguese), IEF, retrieved 2016-04-16 
  2. ^ "Dateline World Jewry", April 2007, World Jewish Congress