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Araraquara (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɾaɾɐˈkwaɾɐ] or [aˌɾaɾɐˈkwaɾɐ]) is a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population is 226,508 (2015 est.) in an area of 1004 km².[1] It is also known as "the abode of the sun," because of its impressive sunset and because of its hot atmosphere, especially in summer. The city was founded in 1817.

Araraquara
Vista de Araraquara.JPG
Flag of Araraquara
Flag
Coat of arms of Araraquara
Coat of arms
Location in São Paulo state
Location in São Paulo state
Araraquara is located in Brazil
Araraquara
Araraquara
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 21°47′41″S 48°10′34″W / 21.79472°S 48.17611°W / -21.79472; -48.17611Coordinates: 21°47′41″S 48°10′34″W / 21.79472°S 48.17611°W / -21.79472; -48.17611
CountryBrazil
RegionSoutheast
StateSão Paulo
Government
 • MayorEdinho Silva (PT)
Area
 • Total1,004 km2 (388 sq mi)
Elevation
664 m (2,178 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Total226,508
 • Density230/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-03:00 (BRT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-02:00 (BRST)
Postal code
14801
Area code+(55) 16
WebsiteOfficial website

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HistoryEdit

EtymologyEdit

There are two possible origins for the name of the city. One that links it to the Tupi-Guarani language and other that relates it to the Língua Geral of São Paulo.[2]

The two versions come from similar expressions "arará kûara" and "arara kûara", which means "lair of the macaw´s".[2]

GeographyEdit

The city is located in the Microregion of Araraquara, part of the Mesoregion of Araraquara, and is 270 km north of São Paulo.

TourismEdit

The city downtown is filled with bars, especially around colleges, as it has a high flux of students from nearby cities.

TransportEdit

The city is served by Bartolomeu de Gusmão Airport.

SportEdit

Ferroviária is the local football (soccer) team of the city. The club plays home matches at Estádio Fonte Luminosa, which has a maximum capacity of 27,000 people.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística
  2. ^ a b Navarro, Eduardo (2013). Dicionário de Tupi Antigoː a Língua Indígena Clássica do Brasil. São Paulo: Global. p. 544.

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