Interesting Facts About Brazil – Brazil – Country exotic nature, almost 8 thousand miles. Beautiful beaches, cheerful people, ancient Indian traditions and colorful colonial architecture, and also one of the most developed countries of the continent, Brazil attract millions of tourists.
There are almost all the conditions for a wide variety of leisure activities, but the most attention, of course, involves the famous Amazonian jungle and sung in numerous novels pampas south, Iguazu waterfalls and mountain areas, as well as, of course, the bustling and ever- dancing with the famous Rio Carnival.
18 Interesting Facts About Brazil
1. Rio de Janeiro – one of the most beautiful cities in South America, is located in the southeastern part of Brazil on the shore of a unique area of natural beauty of Guanabara Bay. It is the second largest (after Sao Paulo) city in Brazil, the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and before 1960 – the capital of the whole of Brazil.
The name of Rio de Janeiro in Portuguese means January River, because it opened in January 1502 the Portuguese took over the Guanabara Bay estuary, which is not surprising – Gulf separated from the ocean by a narrow channel with a width of 1.5 km.
2. Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). This main symbol of Rio, located on the Corcovado mountain at an altitude of 710 meters, must-see visiting Rio. According to legend, the statue of Christ was built on the money pat-Catholic, vowed to erect a monument to God in the country where he will be richer. When he becomes rich in Brazil, he kept his word. Christ stands with his arms spread out, and seemed to hover over the city, blessing and protecting it.
3. The capital of Brazil – Brasilia city, conceived and built by a single plan, as the embodiment of the ideal dream of mankind Technopolis. The city planned in the shape of an airplane.
Center ” fuselage ” covers an area of Three Powers , created by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer National.
Generally recognized as a miracle of taste, balance, proportion, strength and elegance. The facade of the square out of the building management office of the president, Congress and the Supreme Court, symbolizing the three branches of government in the country.
“Wings” – residential neighborhoods. Each of them is self-contained, has a shopping street, their schools, parking facilities and a church.
4. The highest mountain in Brazil – Pico DA Neblina. It is located in the Guiana Highlands, it reaches a height of about 3014 meters above sea level. On the entire Atlantic coast is a few mountain ranges, some of which reach a height of 2895 m.
5. Corcovado contender for the title of the main Rio visit card is a mountain Rio Pan de Açúcar, Pão de Açúcar, which means Sugarloaf. How did such an interesting name, consensus does not exist. On the one hand, it really is shaped like a sugar-loaf, and in another version it Paunh Akukua Indian name, which means guarding the bay later transformed phonetically in Portuguese Pão de Açúcar.
6. In the XV century Holland stole the coffee beans from the Arab merchants in mocha. Then the French stole from the Dutch coffee, and only in 1727, the Brazilian ambassador, who was in a very close relationship with a French governor, took with him to his homeland coffee beans to see if he would be fired from the service, were able to do the cultivation of coffee. When he returned to Brazil and coffee showing their superiors, the ambassador became a national hero, while Brazil has turned into a great coffee power.
7. In one of the largest cities in the world – Brazil Sao Paulo – not at all outdoor advertising. The decision to dismantle all panels and signs was made in 2007. According to the mayor of the city, it is one of the points of the overall campaign to combat pollution – in this case, the visual pollution. Although the law has hit the advertising industry for more than 70% of the population of Sao Paulo fully support it.
8. The longest land border is with Brazil, France thanks to its South American possession – French Guiana. It is equal to 673 kilometers, and following it along the French-Spanish border is 50 kilometers shorter.
9. The beaches of Brazil are worthy of special mention. Almost all of the country’s Atlantic coast – a chain of beautiful, wide sandy beaches stretching for hundreds of kilometers.
In the cities, most of the beaches are free for entrance, because the beach for Brazilians – a special place. Rest here, is dating and even business meetings and, of course, play football.
It was on the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and many others formed this global phenomenon – Brazilian football, here began their glorious path of Pele, Garrincha, Ronaldo and other world football stars – adored by all Brazilians play.
10. Brazil’s booming economy has meant that the country was left on one of the first places in the world in number of billionaires. And big cities are surrounded favelas – slums that the police are afraid to visit.
11. The favorite place of recreation for the citizens of Rio – Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon or simply Lagoon covers an area of 7.5 km and is located in the southern part of the city between Ipanema and the Botanical Gardens.
Here is everything you need for an active holiday – bike lanes , paths for walking, boat stations, parks, children’s playgrounds, cafes, bars and restaurants. Here are just swimming in it is not recommended, the water is not very clean, and although the fish is found.
Around the lake there are a lot of private country clubs , including the famous Jockey Club. Not so long ago, the lagoon was declared a national heritage of the city, which added even more to her popularity.
12. The best and most delicious coffee in the world is produced in Brazil. Surprisingly, most Brazilians drink for centuries was not coffee, and cocoa!
13. Residents of the Brazilian city pair are determined the time by the rains. Short tropical storms are here several times a day and nearly always at the same time.
14. Carnival in Brazil – an event that dream to visit millions of people. Every year in February, before the start of Lent, the whole Brazil, covered by a continuous thunder of drums beat the rhythm of the samba incendiary, immersed in the most bustling, bright and cheerful holiday – Carnival.
15. Brazilian cuisine has developed by three cuisines – Indian, Portuguese and African. Are the inherent sophistication and subtlety of Portuguese and French culinary traditions. From the kitchen of Indian natives she inherited sharpness and spice.
Brazilian cuisine is considered among the most original cuisines of South America.
16. The largest lake in Brazil and the second largest in Latin America, the Lagoa Dos Patos is located in the south of the country. The name of the lake comes from the name of a tribe that lived around the lake to the European invasion of the continent. It covers an area of 3, 800 square miles.
17. Of all the facts about Brazil, the Amazon rainforest is one of the most fascinating phenomena. The vast majority of tropical forests is in Brazil (60%), which makes Brazil the home of the most exquisite wildlife on the planet. Scientists report that anywhere else there are not so many different species of animals and plants (about 4 million), as in the Amazon rainforest.
18. In the summer of 1987 in the Brazilian state of Paraiba, near the Sao Jose de Batalha village was found rare gemstone Paraiba Tourmaline. In 1990, its worth raised up to $ 2000 per carat.