Capital of the Missions
|State||Rio Grande do Sul|
|• Total||679.34 km2 (262.29 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-3 (BRT)|
Santo Ângelo is a municipality located in northwestern Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil. It has about 77,568 inhabitants (according to 2020 IBGE estimate) and the total area of the municipality is about 679 km². It borders Giruá to the north, and Entre-Ijuís to the south—it's linked to Santo Ângelo by the state road RS 344. The city is located 443 km (275 mi) from the state capital, Porto Alegre.
The local agriculture-economy produces and deals soy, corn, wheat, swine, sheep and cattle. Tourism in the city is primarily associated with the city's Jesuit history and the Jesuit Reductions in the nearby city São Miguel das Missões. The Angelopolitan Cathedral in downtown Santo Ângelo is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santo Ângelo.
The city is served by Sepé Tiaraju Airport and is home to three institutions of higher education, Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões (URI), Faculdade CNEC Santo Ângelo and Instituto Federal Farroupilha (IFFar).
Santo Ângelo was founded on August 12, 1706 by the Belgium Jesuit Diego de Haze. The original name of Santo Ângelo was "Santo Ángel Custodio" (in Spanish) and then "Santo Ângelo Custódio." The Reduction of Santo Ângelo was dedicated to "Anjo Custódio das Missões", the guard and protector of the missionaries or Jesuits.
The Angelopolitana Cathedral in Santo Ângelo, Rio Grande do Sul, was built in the 1920s on the same spot as the Santo Ângelo reduction built by Jesuits and the Guarani in the 18th century—the Cathedral is modeled after the ancient São Miguel das Missões mission also known as São Miguel Arcanjo.
Regional minority languages
- Carlos María de Alvear (1789-1852), soldier and statesman
- José Goldemberg (born 1928), physicist
- Luiz Henrique Santos (born 1987), footballer
- (in Portuguese) Cidades@, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, Accessed on 20 March 2007.
- IBGE 2020
- Língua Guarani M'bya, Diversidade Linguística, Patrimônio Imaterial, Patrimônio Cultural, Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (IPHAN). Accessed website: February 28th, 2018.
- Official website (in Portuguese)