Piripiri, Piauí

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Piripiri, Piauí
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Flag of Piripiri, Piauí
Official seal of Piripiri, Piauí
Motto: Piripiri é para o povo (Piripiri is for the people)
Piaui Municip Piripiri.svg
Country  Brazil
Region Nordeste
State Piauí
Mesoregion Norte Piauiense
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Mayor Luiz Menezes (PMDB)
 • Total 62 600 [1]
 • Density 11,510/sq mi (44,43/km2)
Time zone UTC -3
Website www.piripiri.pi.gov.br

Piripiri, Piauí is a municipality in the state of Piauí in the Northeast region of Brazil.[2][3][4][5] The city's population numbered approximately 62,600 people as of 2014.

The municipality contains part of the 1,592,550 hectares (3,935,300 acres) Serra da Ibiapaba Environmental Protection Area, created in 1996.[6]


Piripiri Landscape

The name "Piripiri" comes from "Peripery", which means, for some, grass or grasses, and for others, bulrush, bush found near ponds. The city was so named for having much of this grass on founder's farm, Father Domingos de Freitas e Silva.

On November 21, 1944, one IBGE resolution renamed the city of Piripiri.


Our Lady Of Remedies Chapel In Piripiri, Piauí

The city origin comes from ingrown land in a place called "Botica" issued to Antonio Fernandes Macedo on January 20, 1777. Its foundation goes back to an unknown date of the year 1844, when its owner, Father Domingos de Freitas e Silva, came seeking refuge, after fighting for independence of Piaui, built a house in a place called Anajás, and then, next, a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies, which is the current patron of the city. Then the priest went to live there with his family from agriculture and livestock.

These two buildings were the only buildings of Piripiri until 1855, when Father Domingos de Freitas e Silva decided to divide the lands of their property in small batches, offering them to those who wanted to live there. Shortly afterwards many families began to arrive in Piripiri. In 1857, Piripiri started to have the appearance of a village, and Father Domingos opened a small school. In this school he gave classes of first letters and Latin for a long time. In 1860, he donated the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies.

On August 16, 1870, the Piripiri district is elevated to parish with its borders established and attached to the municipality of Piracuruca. On June 16, 1874, Piripiri was elevated to village, still attached to Piracuruca. In 1908, Father Antonio Bezerra de Menezes founded the Instituto Arcoverde (Institute Arcoverde), a primary school that provided important services to the city. In 1910, it was opened the Palacete do Conselho da Vila (Palace of the Village Council), building which was built in 1909. On 4 July 1910, Piripiri village was finally elevated to a city.[7]

Famous residents[edit]

Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora Dos Remédios

Carlos Emiliano Pereira professional footballer.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.ibge.gov.br/home/estatistica/populacao/estimativa2014/
  2. ^ "Divisão Territorial do Brasil" (in Portuguese). Divisão Territorial do Brasil e Limites Territoriais, Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). July 1, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Estimativas da população para 1º de julho de 2009" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Estimativas de População, Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). August 14, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ranking decrescente do IDH-M dos municípios do Brasil" (in Portuguese). Atlas do Desenvolvimento Humano, Programa das Nações Unidas para o Desenvolvimento (PNUD). 2000. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Produto Interno Bruto dos Municípios 2002-2005" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). December 19, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ APA Serra da Ibiapaba (in Portuguese), ISA: Instituto Socioambiental, retrieved 2017-02-10 
  7. ^ http://www.piripiri.pi.gov.br/v2/index.php/piripiri

Coordinates: 4°16′24″S 41°46′37″W / 4.27333°S 41.7769°W / -4.27333; -41.7769