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Fortaleza
Fortaleza
([foʁtaˈlezɐ], locally [fɔɦtaˈlezɐ], Portuguese for Fortress) is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. It belongs to the Metropolitan mesoregion of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
and microregion of Fortaleza. Located 2285 km (1420 miles) from Brasilia, the federal capital, the city has developed on the banks of the creek Pajeú, and its name is an allusion to Fort Schoonenborch, which gave rise to the city, built by the Dutch during their second stay in the area between 1649 and 1654. The motto of Fortaleza, present in its coat of arms is the Latin
Latin
word Fortitudine, which means "with strength/courage". In 2013, Fortaleza
Fortaleza
was the twelfth richest city in the country in GDP and second in the Northeast, with 49 billion reais (US$21 billion). It also has the third richest metropolitan area in the North and Northeast regions. It is an important industrial and commercial center of Brazil, the eighth nation's largest municipal purchasing power. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the city reached the marks of second most desired destination of Brazil
Brazil
and fourth Brazilian city that receives more tourists. The BR-116, the most important highway of the country, starts in Fortaleza. The municipality is part of the Common Market of Mercosur
Mercosur
Cities, and also the Brazilian capital which is closest to Europe, 5608 km (3484 miles) from Lisbon, Portugal.[1][2] To the north of the city lies the Atlantic Ocean; to the south are the municipalities of Pacatuba, Eusébio, Maracanaú
Maracanaú
and Itaitinga; to the east is the municipality of Aquiraz
Aquiraz
and the Atlantic Ocean; and to the west is the municipality of Caucaia. Residents of the city are known as Fortalezenses. Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is one of the three leading cities in the Northeast region together with Recife
Recife
and Salvador.[2][3] The city was one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Colonial period 1.2 Imperial period 1.3 Republican period

2 Geography

2.1 Climate 2.2 Vegetation 2.3 Ecology and environment

3 Demographics

3.1 Religion

4 Politics 5 Economy 6 Culture

6.1 Museums, theatres and cultural spaces 6.2 Literature and cinema 6.3 Fashion 6.4 Music 6.5 Carnival 6.6 Cuisine

7 Tourism

7.1 Urban beaches

8 Education 9 Health 10 Transport

10.1 International Airport 10.2 Roads 10.3 Subway 10.4 Bus stations 10.5 Bike lanes 10.6 Public Transportation Statistics

11 Sports 12 Notable people 13 International relations

13.1 Twin towns – Sister cities

14 See also 15 References 16 Bibliography 17 External links

History[edit] Colonial period[edit]

Historical Affiliations

Portuguese Empire
Portuguese Empire
1630–1815 Dutch West India Company
Dutch West India Company
1649–1654 United Kingdom of PBA 1815–1822 Empire of Brazil
Brazil
1822–1889 Republic of Brazil
Brazil
1889–present

Plan of Fort Schoonenborch in 1649

Fortaleza
Fortaleza
in 1910

See also: Timeline of Fortaleza and History of Brazil Fortaleza's history began on February 2, 1500, when Spaniard
Spaniard
Vicente Pinzón landed in Mucuripe's cove and named the new land Santa Maria de la Consolación. Because of the Treaty of Tordesillas, the discovery was never officially sanctioned. Colonisation began in 1603, when the Portuguese Pero Coelho de Souza constructed the Fort of São Tiago and founded the settlement of Nova Lisboa
Lisboa
(New Lisbon).[4][citation needed] After a victory over the French in 1612, Martins Soares Moreno expanded the Fort of São Tiago and changed its name to Forte de São Sebastião.[5] In 1630 the Dutch invaded the Brazilian Northeast
Brazilian Northeast
and in 1637 they took the Fort of São Sebastião and ruled over Ceará. In battles with the Portuguese and natives in 1644 the fort was destroyed.[5] Under captain Matthias Beck the Dutch West Indies Company
Dutch West Indies Company
built a new fortress by the banks of river Pajeú. Fort Schoonenborch ("graceful stronghold") officially opened on August 19, 1649. After the capitulation of Pernambuco
Pernambuco
in 1654, the Dutch handed over this fortress to the Portuguese, who renamed it Fortaleza
Fortaleza
da Nossa Senhora de Assunção ("Fort of Our Lady of the Assumption"), after which the city of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
takes its name.[6] Fortaleza
Fortaleza
was officially founded as a village 1726, becoming the capital of Ceará
Ceará
state in 1799.[7] Imperial period[edit] During the 19th century, Fortaleza
Fortaleza
was consolidated as an urban centre in Ceará, supported by the cotton industry. With the transformation of the city into a regional export center and with the increase of direct navigation to Europe, the Customs of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
was built in 1812. Silva Paulet played an important role in the structural evolution of the city, erecting works like the Fortress of Our Lady of the Assumption in 1812, in the place of what remained of the Fort of Our Lady of the Assumption, and the Public Walk in 1820, besides having been The author of the first urban plan of the city, from 1812. In 1824, the city was targeted by the revolutionaries of Confederation of the Equator. Especially in the second half of the century, as a result of the fertile cotton era, the city was seized by a great period of urban development and construction of remarkable equipment, such as the Lyceum of Ceará
Ceará
and the Lighthouse of Mucuripe in 1845, Santa Casa de Misericórdia
Santa Casa de Misericórdia
In 1861, the Prainha Seminary in 1864, the water supply system in 1866, the Public Library in 1867, the Public Chain in 1870, the Ceará
Ceará
Railroad Network, the Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Port on the Metallic Bridge, textile factories, intellectual centers and Communication vehicles, for example. The period was marked as the belle époque of Fortaleza, representing a time of economic consecration that was reflected in areas such as architecture, culture and intellectual production. Between the years 1846 and 1877, the city went through a period of enrichment, economic and infrastructural improvement.[8] In order to discipline the growth of the city, Adolpho Herbster continued the urban planning scheme conceived by Silva Paulet in 1818, characterized by the tracing of chess roads, and, inspired by the reforms carried out in Paris by Baron Haussman, designed the Topographic Plan of the Fortress and Suburbs, in 1875, definitive landmark of municipal urbanism. In the 1870s and 1880s, the Ceará Abolitionist Movement and the republican ideals that culminated in the liberation of the slaves in Ceará
Ceará
on March 25, 1884, four years before the Golden Law
Golden Law
came into being and were strengthened. The main event of the abolitionist cause of Ceará
Ceará
in the capital was the popular uprising, between January 27 and 31, 1881, led by the Dragon-headed raiders, who ended the slave trade in the capital, fueling the state libertarian impetus and National level. The intellectuals of the literary movement of the Spiritual Bakery, which emerged in 1892, greatly contributed to the diffusion of progressive ideas in Fortaleza.[citation needed]

Ferreira Square in 1920

Republican period[edit] In the twentieth century, Fortaleza
Fortaleza
underwent significant urban changes, with improvements and the rural exodus to the city, with growth mostly towards the end of the decade of 1910, this made the city the seventh most populated city in Brazil. In 1922, Fortaleza reached its first hundred thousand inhabitants with the annexation of the cities of Messejana and Parangaba, now important districts of the city.[9] In 1954, the first university in the city was created, the Universidade Federal do Ceará(UFC) .[10]

Tram in Floriano Peixoto St., 1930

In 1983 DIF I started to integrate the territory of the new city of Maracanaú, which, just some years ago, was made again part of the Greater Fortaleza
Fortaleza
(the city's Metropolitan area). In the 1980s, Fortaleza
Fortaleza
exceeded Recife
Recife
in population terms, becoming the second most populous city in Northeastern Brazil, with 2,571,896 inhabitants.[11] During the political awakening that followed the military regime, the people elected the city's first woman mayor, Maria Luíza Fontenele of the Brazilian Workers' Party, which meant that the city administration was controlled by a party of the centre-left. At the end of the twentieth century, the administration of the city hall and the city underwent a range of structural changes with the opening of several avenues, hospitals, cultural spaces and it became one of the main tourist destinations in the Northeast and in Brazil.[12] Geography[edit]

Aerial view of Iracema Beach

Climate[edit]

Fortaleza
Fortaleza
climate

Fortaleza
Fortaleza
has a typical tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with high temperatures and relative humidity throughout the year. However, these conditions are usually relieved by pleasant winds blowing from the ocean. Average temperatures are not much different throughout the year. December is the warmest month, with a high of 30.7 °C (87.3 °F)[13] and low of 24.6 °C (76.3 °F).[14] The rainy season spans from January to June, with rainfall particularly prodigious in March and April.[15] The average annual temperature is 26.6 °C (79.9 °F).[16] The relative humidity in Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is 79%,[17] with average annual rainfall of 1,608.4 millimetres (63.32 in).[15] There is usually rain during the first seven months of the year from January to July. During this period, relative humidity is high. Fortaleza's climate is usually very dry from August to December, with very little rainfall.[15][17] Rainfall is like all of Northeastern Brazil
Brazil
among the most variable in the world, comparable (for similar average annual rainfalls) to central Queensland
Queensland
cities like Townsville and Mackay.[18] In the notorious drought year of 1877 as little as 468 millimetres or 18.43 inches fell, and in 1958 only 518 millimetres or 20.39 inches, but in the Nordeste’s record wet year of 1985 Fortaleza
Fortaleza
received 2,841 millimetres or 111.85 inches.

Climate data for Fortaleza
Fortaleza
(1961–1990)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 37.7 (99.9) 33.3 (91.9) 32.8 (91) 32.6 (90.7) 32.8 (91) 31.8 (89.2) 33 (91) 34.4 (93.9) 32.7 (90.9) 33.4 (92.1) 33 (91) 33.2 (91.8) 37.7 (99.9)

Average high °C (°F) 30.5 (86.9) 30.1 (86.2) 29.7 (85.5) 29.7 (85.5) 29.9 (85.8) 29.6 (85.3) 29.5 (85.1) 29.9 (85.8) 30.2 (86.4) 30.5 (86.9) 30.7 (87.3) 30.7 (87.3) 30.1 (86.2)

Daily mean °C (°F) 27.1 (80.8) 26.9 (80.4) 26.4 (79.5) 26.2 (79.2) 26.2 (79.2) 25.8 (78.4) 25.6 (78.1) 26 (79) 26.4 (79.5) 26.9 (80.4) 27.2 (81) 27.3 (81.1) 26.6 (79.9)

Average low °C (°F) 24.4 (75.9) 24 (75) 23.6 (74.5) 23.4 (74.1) 23.3 (73.9) 22.8 (73) 22.4 (72.3) 22.7 (72.9) 23.4 (74.1) 24.1 (75.4) 24.4 (75.9) 24.6 (76.3) 23.6 (74.5)

Record low °C (°F) 20 (68) 21.2 (70.2) 20.2 (68.4) 20 (68) 20.6 (69.1) 20.3 (68.5) 19.4 (66.9) 19.4 (66.9) 20.5 (68.9) 21 (70) 21.3 (70.3) 21 (70) 19.4 (66.9)

Average rainfall mm (inches) 119.1 (4.689) 204.6 (8.055) 323.1 (12.72) 356.1 (14.02) 255.6 (10.063) 141.8 (5.583) 94.7 (3.728) 21.8 (0.858) 22.7 (0.894) 13 (0.51) 11.8 (0.465) 44.1 (1.736) 1,608.4 (63.321)

Average rainy days (≥ ≥ 1 mm) 11 15 22 21 19 14 10 5 5 4 3 6 132

Average relative humidity (%) 78.1 81.4 84.7 85.2 83.6 81 78.8 75.3 74.4 74 73.7 75.9 78.8

Mean monthly sunshine hours 225.2 182.3 150 157.1 208.4 238.7 268.3 295.9 281.6 291.4 282.2 262.3 2,843.4

Source: Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology (INMET).[13][14][15][16][17][19][20][21][22]

Vegetation[edit] In Fortaleza
Fortaleza
there are some remaining areas of mangrove in preserved areas.[23][24] The municipality contains the 3,320 hectares (8,200 acres) Pedra da Risca do Meio Marine State Park
Pedra da Risca do Meio Marine State Park
created in 1997 to support an offshore area of reefs of ecological and tourist importance.[25] Ecology and environment[edit]

Cocó Park, considered one of the largest urban parks in Latin America, is the most important green area of the city.

The vegetation of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is typically coastal. The restinga areas are found in dune regions near the mouths of the Ceará, Cocó and Pacoti rivers, in the beds of which there is still a mangrove forest. In other green areas of the city, there is no longer native vegetation, constituting of varied vegetation, fruit trees more commonly.[26] The city is home to seven environmental conservation units. These are the Sabiaguaba Dunes Municipal Natural Park, the Sabiaguaba Environmental Protection Area, the Maraponga Lagoon Ecological Park, the Cocó Ecological Park, the Ceará
Ceará
River Estuary Environmental Protection Area, the Environmental Protection Area of the Rio Pacoti and the Pedra da Risca do Meio Marine State Park.[27] There is also, in the city, the Area of Relevant Ecological Interest of Sírio Curió, that protects the last enclave of Atlantic Forest
Atlantic Forest
in the urban zone.[28] The Cocó River is part of the river basin of the east coast of Ceará and has a total length of about 50 km in its main area. The park is inserted in the area of greater environmental sensitivity of the city, where it is possible to identify geoenvironmental formations such as coastal plain, fluvial plain and surface of the coastal trays. The Cocó river mangrove is home to mollusks, crustaceans, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. The park has a structure of visitation, with guides, ecological trails and equipment and events of environmental education and ecotourism. The Coaçu River, affluent of the river Cocó, forms in its bed the lagoon of the Precabura.[29][30] The Rio Pacoti provides much of the water supply for Fortaleza.[31] At the municipal boundary with Caucaia, the estuary of the Rio Ceará
Ceará
is covered by an environmental protection area (APA), which was set up in 1999.[32] Demographics[edit] See also: Largest Cities of Northeast Region, Brazil

View of Fortaleza's coast

According to the 2010 IBGE Census, there were 2,315,116 people residing in the city of Fortaleza.[33] The census revealed the following numbers: 1,403,292 Pardo (multiracial) people (57.2%), 901,816 White people (36.8%), 110,811 Black people (4.5%), 33,161 Asian people (1.4%), 3,071 Amerindian people (0.1%).[34] In 2010, the city of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
was the 5th most populous city proper in Brazil, after São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Brasília.[35] In 2010, the city had 433,942 opposite-sex couples and 1,559 same-sex couples. The population of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
was 53.2% female and 46.8% male.[34] The following cities are included in the metropolitan area of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
(ordered by population): Fortaleza, Caucaia, Maracanaú, Maranguape, Aquiraz, Pacatuba, Pacajus, Horizonte, São Gonçalo do Amarante, Itatinga, Guaiúba and Chorozinho.[36] According to a genetic study from 2011, 'pardos' and whites' from Fortaleza, which comprise the largest share of the population, showed up a degree of European ancestry of about 70%, being the rest basically divided between Native American and African ancestries.[37] A 2015 study, however, found out the following composition in Fortaleza: 48,9% of European contribution, 35,4% of Native American input and 15,7% of African ancestry.[38]

View of Fortaleza

Religion[edit]

Church of Our Lady of Lebanon, one of the four Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Brazil.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza, the country's third biggest.[citation needed]

The prevailing religion of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is the Roman Catholic branch of Christianity, due to the influence of Portuguese settlers and missionaries during the colonial rule of Brazil.

Religious affiliation Percentage Number

Catholic 79.0% 1,691,487

Protestant 12.58% 269,469

No religion 5.99% 128,190

Kardecist 0.83% 17,780

Jehovah's Witnesses 0.64% 13,758

Other religions 0.7% 15,923

Source: IBGE 2000.[39] According to the census of 2010, 1,664,521 people, 67.88% of the population, followed Roman Catholicism, 523,456 (21.35%) were Protestant, 31 691 (1.29%) represented Spiritism
Spiritism
and 162 985 (6.65%) had no religion whatsoever. Other religions, such as Umbanda, Candomblé, other Afro-Brazilian
Afro-Brazilian
religions, Spiritualism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, other Eastern religions, Esotericism
Esotericism
and other Christian churches like Mormon
Mormon
had a smaller number of adherents.[40] Politics[edit]

Entrance of the Bispo Palace, seat of the municipal executive power.

Edson Ramalho Palace, seat of the Ceará's Economy Secretariat.

The administration of the municipality is made from the executive and legislative branches.[41] Roberto Cláudio, of the PDT, won 650,607 votes in the 2012 election, and was elected mayor.[42][43] Legislative power rests with the City Council of Fortaleza, composed of 43 city councilors, elected for four-year terms, responsible for drafting municipal laws and supervising the executive.[44] The municipality is, in addition, governed by organic law. In January 2015, there were 1 659 091 voters in Fortaleza
Fortaleza
(26,457% of the total state),[45] distributed in thirteen electoral zones. The number of persons directly and indirectly employed in the municipal public administration in 2013 was respectively 31 318 and 4 950.[46] The city also houses the seat of state executive power, the Abolition Palace, occupied by governor Camilo Santana, of the PT, elected in the general elections in Brazil
Brazil
in 2014.[47] historically headquarters of the Iracema Club, which was Ceded to the Municipal Hall and now houses municipal executive bodies.[48] In the city, there is the Administrative Center Governor Virgílio Távora.[49] Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is also the regional headquarters of several federal government institutions. Among the military institutions present in the city, are located in the Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Air Base, an important military aviation milestone during World War II, a Port Authority of Ceará, a School of Apprentice Sailors of Ceará
Ceará
and the Command of the Tenth Military Region. The city also has units of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Red Cross
and UNICEF.[50] Since 1996, a city is part of the Common Market of Cities of Mercosur.[51] Economy[edit] See also: Economy of Brazil

Shopping mall in Fortaleza

Central Bank of Brazil
Brazil
em Fortaleza.

Commercial Association of Ceará.

At the beginning of the decade of 2000, among the capitals of the Northeast, Fortaleza
Fortaleza
had the third largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP), being surpassed by Recife
Recife
and Salvador.[52] In 2012, the GDP of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
reached the value of 43.4 billion Reais, the tenth highest of the country.[53] In the same year, the value of taxes on products net of subsidies at current prices was R $6,612,822,000 and the municipality's GDP per capita was R$17.359,53.[54] The city's booming economy is reflected in purchasing power, the country's eighth largest, with estimated consumption potential at 42 billion reais in 2014.[55] The main economic source of the municipality is centered in the tertiary sector, with its diversified segments of commerce and service rendering. Next, the secondary sector stands out, with the industrial complexes.[54] In 2012, the percentage contribution of each sector to the municipal economy was 0.07%, 15.8% and 68.8% of the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, respectively. The wealth of the capital is largely due to activities coming from all over the metropolitan region, whose economy is the third strongest in the North and Northeast regions and whose population is almost four million. In 2012, the city had 69,605 units and 64,674 companies and active commercial establishments, in addition to 873,746 employees and 786,521 salaried employees. Wages, together with other types of remuneration, amounted to 17,103,562 reais and the average income of the municipality was 2.7 minimum wages.[56] Culture[edit]

Inner front of the Theatro José de Alencar.

Ceará
Ceará
Museum.

The art with colored sand, originating in Ceará, is one of the most present items in the city's craft centers.

According to the Master Plan of Fortaleza, the Special
Special
Areas for the Preservation of Historic, Cultural and Archaeological Heritage are the regions of the Center, Parangaba, Alagadiço Novo/José de Alencar, Benfica, Porangabuçu and Praia
Praia
de Iracema. Properties of conservation interest.[57] The architectural heritage of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
in the form of fallen goods, however, is predominantly concentrated in the center of the city.[58][59] The Mucuripe Lighthouse is unfortunately in ruins today, Ceará
Ceará
and Fortaleza
Fortaleza
were part of the pioneering group of states and cities to adopt public policies to protect the living intangible heritage of their culture, through the Masters of Culture program.[60] Museums, theatres and cultural spaces[edit] The cultural life of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is diverse and fruitful. Many artists, writers, painters and singers use the city's busiest stages and squares to stimulate regional culture. Among the theaters, the largest and most popular are Theatro José de Alencar, the stage of the main local and universal culture shows, the São José Theater, the São Luiz Cinema Theater, Teatro RioMarand Teatro Via Sul.[61] The Ceará Museum houses numerous artifacts from the memory of Fortaleza, among pieces of paleontology, archeology and indigenous anthropology, furniture, items of struggles and popular revolts, of religiosity and about the intellectual production and irreverence of Ceará.[62] The Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture
Dragão do Mar Center of Art and Culture
is the main cultural space of Fortaleza. In this center are the Ceará
Ceará
Museum of Culture, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ceará, theaters, a planetarium, cinemas, shops and spaces for public presentations, as well as housing the Public Library Governador Menezes Pimentel, Oporto Iracema of the Arts and the School of Arts and Crafts Thomaz Pompeu Sobrinho.[63] The Casa de Jose Alencar is one of the Brazilian museums recognised as dealing with Brazilian literature.[64] It was opened in 1964 and houses art collections, a gallery, a library and the ruins of the first steam power plant in Ceará.[65] In the different SERs of the city, the complexes of the CUCA Network are spread, which are great facilities dedicated to art, leisure and education, especially for young people.[66] Freemasonry
Freemasonry
is represented by the Grand Masonic Lodge of Ceará
Ceará
and the Great State East of Ceará. There are also service clubs in the city, such as the Lions Club
Lions Club
and Rotary International.[67] The Ceará
Ceará
handicraft has its main market and showcase in Fortaleza. In the city, there are several specific places for trade in handicraft products, such as the Ceará
Ceará
Craft Center (CeArt), Ceará
Ceará
Tourism Center (Emcetur), Crafts Fair of Beira-Mar, and on Avenida Monsenhor Tabosa.[68] Literature and cinema[edit]

Rachel de Queiroz, the first immortal of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and first winner of the Camões Prize.

Ceará
Ceará
Palace, former seat of the Cearense Academy of Letters.

The main literary manifestation of Fortaleza's history emerged at the end of the 19th century, in the cafes of Praça do Ferreira, known as the Spiritual Bakery, a pioneer in the dissemination of modern ideas in Brazilian literature
Brazilian literature
that would only be adopted nationally in the following century, in the Modern Art Week.[69][70] The most important historical entities of high culture still present in the city are the Ceará
Ceará
Institute and the Ceará
Ceará
Academy of Letters, the first academy of letters created in Brazil, founded in 1887 and 1894 respectively. The Ceará
Ceará
Institute has helped launch important names in national historiography and philosophy, such as Farias Brito
Farias Brito
and Capistrano de Abreu.[71] Among the writers who are members of the Cearense Academy of Letters and members or patrons of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, are Gustavo Barroso, Araripe Júnior, José de Alencar, Heráclito Graça, Franklin Tavora, Clóvis Beviláqua and Rachel de Queiroz, the first woman to Be part of the entity. The Casa de Juvenal Galeno is another historical cultural institution of Fortaleza, named after one of the greatest poets born in the city, Juvenal Galeno. The house became well known for its festivals of poetry and seminaries.[72]

pt:Dragão Fashion Brasil.

In cinema, the most well known name is Zelito Viana, director of films like Villa-Lobos: A Life of Passion and Life and Death of Severina. More recently, Karim Aïnouz
Karim Aïnouz
has directedMadame Satã, Suely in the Sky and Futuro Beach, and script of Lower City, Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures and Behind the Sun. Another current exponent of cinema born in Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is Halder Gomes, director and screenwriter of Holliúdy Cinema. New filmmakers in the city have gained in recent years prominent exhibitions such as at the Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
International Film Festival.[73] The most traditional cinema event in Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is the Cine Ceará
Ceará
(Ibero-American Film Festival), considered one of the main festivals of the country.[74] Fashion[edit] The main fashion name in the city is the Lino Villaventura, who, from Fortaleza, designed himself nationally and internationally and today is one of the main names of São Paulo
São Paulo
Fashion Week, besides being one of the founding designers of this fashion week.[75] There are major events in the city, such as the Dragão Fashion Brasil, considered the largest fashion event in the Northeast and the third largest in the country.[76] Much of the clothing that is produced in Ceará
Ceará
flows through Fortaleza, which in turn is recognized as one of the most important textile centers of the country, giving the garment industry great weight in the metropolitan economy.[77] Brands of the city like Santana Textiles and headquarters of brands like Esplanada and Otoch have considerable regional influence.[78] Music[edit]

Aviões do ForróAviões do Forró, the biggest forró band in the country

Alberto Nepomuceno, o "father" of nationalism of the Brazilian erudite music.

Forró
Forró
is the most popular musical genre in the city. Bands originating in Fortaleza, such as Mastruz with Leite and Aviões do Forró, were responsible for the popularization of electronic forró, which promoted the revaluation of the accordion in the genre and brought it closer to pop music. The forró pé-de serra, however, still holds great cultural influence and commercial prominence in the city.[79] In Música popular brasileira, some of the names from Fortaleza
Fortaleza
were Fagner, Ednardo, Belchior (from Sobral but was lived in Fortaleza) and Amelinha.[79] The musical tradition of Fortaleza, however, goes back to the composer Alberto Nepomuceno, one of the greatest names in classical music in Brazil, a pioneer in the development of the country's musical nationalism, and therefore considered the "founder of Brazilian music". The Alberto Nepomuceno Conservatory is one of the city's leading music schools.[79] Carnival[edit] Main article: Brazilian Carnival Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Carnival
Carnival
season is not as famous as that in other northeastern cities like Salvador or Recife, as the local population prefer to spend the holiday at others beach cities of Ceará. Through the streets of Fortaleza, the Carnival
Carnival
brings the samba together with festivities as a celebration of Fortaleza's past and diverse culture. It is particularly notable for its unique style of maracatu known as maracatu cearense.[80] Cuisine[edit]

The Baião de dois a typical dish from Ceará.

The gastronomy of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is very close to the typical Northeastern cuisine, and, traditional include the baião de dois, usually accompanied by barbecue of mutton or meat of sun, and "tapioca" which is a pancake made from the starch of cassava. The seafood is another ingredient of typical dishes of fortalezeense cuisine, such as the steak moqueca and the mackerel and snapper fish.[81][82] The fruit of the sea identity of the coast of the state is the crab. Shrimp
Shrimp
and lobster are also widely used delicacies in dishes such as shrimp rice or shrimp dumplings.[83] Tourism[edit] Acquario Ceará, the third largest aquarium in the world, is under construction on the edge of the city.[84] Attractions such as the Beach Park theme park, located in the Great Fortaleza, Avenida Beira Mar and its bars, restaurants and music clubs, the beaches of Futuro and Iracema and Pirata Bar have placed Fortaleza
Fortaleza
among the Brazilian destinations preferred by Europeans.[85] Scuba diving
Scuba diving
is possible in the area of Pedra da Risca do Meio Marine State Park, a marine protected area located about 10 nautical miles from the shoreline of Fortaleza.[86]

Historic Centre of Fortaleza

Aerial view of the city

Boats and skyscrapers in the litoral. Most five-stars and four-star hotels.

Beach Park, the largest water park in Latin
Latin
America.

Urban beaches[edit] " Praia
Praia
do Futuro" redirects here. For the Brazilian film, see Praia
Praia
do Futuro (film). Fortaleza
Fortaleza
has about 25 kilometres (16 mi) of urban beaches. From North to South, the urban beaches of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
are Iracema, Meireles, Mucuripe and Praia
Praia
do Futuro. Each beach has its own peculiarities:[citation needed]

Iracema is the Bohemian beach, with bars and nightclubs;[87] Mucuripe is the place where jangadas can be found. Still used by fishermen to go into high seas, jangadas can be seen along the way during the afternoon and evenings, and returning from the sea in the morning; part of the catch of the day is sold in an old style fish market.[88]

Iracema Beach

Mucuripe Beach

Futuro Beach

Meirelles Beach

Education[edit]

In 2016 the Federal University of Ceará
Ceará
located in Fortaleza
Fortaleza
was classified as the 10th best university in Brazil, 1st in the North and Northeast regions and the best university in Ceará.

In 2010, the level of the education factor of the Strengthening Human Development Index was medium, despite its great advance, which went from 0.367 to 0.695 between 1991 and 2010. According to data from the 2010 Human Development Atlas of Brazil, Fortaleza's adult education levels were divided as follows: 8.57% did not complete primary school or were illiterate, 62.43% had completed elementary education, 45.93% had completed high school and 13.73% had completed higher education; All indices above the Brazilian average. The average strength was 10.04 years expected from the study, more than the estimate from Ceará, 9.82. According to the same study, 4.14% of children aged 5 and 6 were not in school.[citation needed] Health[edit]

Santa Casa de Misericórdia
Santa Casa de Misericórdia
de Fortaleza, first public hospital built in the city, on 1861.

São Mateus Hospital, private institution founded in 1993.

The health indexes of the Fortaleza
Fortaleza
population are better than the Brazilian average. According to data from 2010, the infant mortality rate up to one year old was 15.8% in Fortaleza, against a Brazilian average of 16.7%.[89] By 2013, 90.6% of children under one year of age had their immunization records up to date. In 2012, 37,577 live births were registered, and the infant mortality rate up to five years of age was 13.2%. Of the total number of children under two years old weighed by the Family Health Program in 2013, 0.8% were malnourished.[90] In 2009, Fortaleza
Fortaleza
had a total of 35 general hospitals, of which 11 were public, 21 were private, two were philanthropic, and one was a trade union. The Doctor José Frota Institute is the largest hospital administered by the Municipal Government, and the General Hospital of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is the largest hospital administered by the State Government.[citation needed] In addition, it had 54 specialized hospitals and eight polyclinics. The total number of physicians working in the health network of the municipality was 13,604, approximately 5.4 per thousand inhabitants.[91] Fortaleza
Fortaleza
has 117 units of health posts, three UPAs (pt) administered by the municipality and six administered by the state.[92][93] The first hospital built in Fortaleza
Fortaleza
was the Santa Casa de Misericórdia, founded in 1861.[94] Among the most important public health institutions in the city, the most important is the Dr. José Frota Institute, the largest hospital administered by the Municipal Government, and the General Hospital of Fortaleza, the largest hospital administered by the State Government. Among the private institutions, the largest are the Unimed Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Regional Hospital, Antônio Prudente Hospital, Monte Klinikum Hospital and São Mateus Hospital.[95] There are also, in Fortaleza, three units of the Popular Pharmacy of Brazil.[96] One of the most important basic health programs in Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is the Family Health Program, within which the city is in third place in the country in extension of coverage, with hundreds of teams distributed in dozens of care units.[97] The Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) is the municipality's health care service, which serves an average of 200 daily occurrences.[98] Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is endowed with several medical courses, but the best and most traditional of them is that of the Faculty of Medicine of the Federal University of Ceará, created in 1948, which manages a large structure of specialized health institutions between hospitals and clinics, Among them the University Hospital Walter Cantídio, leader in Latin
Latin
America in liver transplantation.[99] The Faculty of Medicine of the UFC is the 13th best medical school in Brazil, 2nd best medical school in the North and Northeast regions and the best medical school in Ceará. UFC's medical degree is still one of the most popular in the country.[100] Transport[edit] International Airport[edit]

Pinto Martins International Airport
Pinto Martins International Airport
(FOR)

The Pinto Martins – Fortaleza
Fortaleza
International Airport, located in the center of Fortaleza, was built between 1996 and 1998, when it came to be classified as International.[101] The airport is now undergoing an expansion process, from which the number of boarding bridges will increase from seven to sixteen and the passenger terminal will be expanded from 38,000 m² to 133,000 m². In 2014, the airport was capable of serving 6.2 million passengers per year, but after expansion, capacity would be 11.2 million.[102] Pinto Martins Airport is the third busiest airport in the Northeast Region and one of the busiest in the country, receiving on average 1,500 international aircraft and 65,000 domestic aircraft per year. In 2013, it received more than 5.9 million passengers.[103] Roads[edit]

BR-116
BR-116
in Fortaleza, Ceará, the longest highway in the country, with 4,385 km (2,725 mi) of extension.[104]

In 2013, Fortaleza
Fortaleza
had 908,074 vehicles, of which 511,109 were cars, and 229 154 motorcycles.[105] Traffic density at peak times in the city is rated as the fourth largest in the country, with 48% of congested roads.[105] The cycle network of Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is composed of 116.4 km, of which 78.8 km are cycle paths and 37.6 km are cycle paths. The municipality also has a public bicycle system, Bicicletar, which had 40 stations and 400 units in April 2015. In 2015, the municipal taxi fleet was composed of 4 886 vehicles, including common, adapted and special use vehicles.[105] The land access to the municipality is made by highways BR-116, BR-020, BR-22], CE-090, CE-085, CE-065, CE-060, CE-040 and CE-025. The city's road transport system is regulated by the Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Urban Transportation Company (ETUFOR), an agency of the Municipality of Fortaleza, while the transit of vehicles is supervised by the Municipal Authority of Transit, Public Services and Citizenship (AMC). The collective transport carried out by buses is called the Integrated Transportation System (SIT-FOR), and its operation began in 1992. The system provides the user with options of transportation and access to the different zones of the city through the integration of single tariff in terminals Regional authorities. The SIT-FOR network is based on three types of lines: those that integrate neighborhood-terminal, those that integrate the terminal to the center of the city or to another terminal.[106] The system of traffic monitoring is known by the acronym CTAFOR,[105] which stands for "Controle de Tráfego em Área de Fortaleza" (Traffic Control of the Area of Fortaleza). Subway[edit]

Benfica metro station.

The Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Metro is operated by Companhia Cearense de Transportes Metropolitanos (Metrofor). Founded on May 2, 1997, the company is responsible for administration, construction and metro planning in Fortaleza
Fortaleza
and its metropolitan region. The system is headed by the Government of the State of Ceará
Ceará
and has as current president Eduardo Hotz.[107] The Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Metro started on October 1, 2014. As of 2014 18 of the 20 stations planned for the South Line are in operation, along with 9 stations of the West Line.[108] MetroFor
MetroFor
is the 43 kilometres (27 mi) rapid transit system for the city of Fortaleza.[107] Bus stations[edit] Engenheiro João Tomé Bus station
Bus station
is the Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Bus terminal official name. Was Contstructed in 1973. It carries a daily average of over 8,000 passengers. 35 Bus companies and close to 200 bus lines. The bus station is centrally located within the city limits. Only 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the city centre and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Praia de Iracema
Praia de Iracema
Beach. Fortaleza
Fortaleza
bus station is accessible by at least 2 city bus lines: Av. Borges de Melo I and Av. Borges de Melo II. Fortaleza
Fortaleza
has multiple Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, lines throughout the city and has plans to extend this network of transportation (BRTBrasil.org)[109] Bike lanes[edit] Fortaleza
Fortaleza
officially has 116.4 kilometres (72.3 mi) of bike lanes.[110] Public Transportation Statistics[edit] The average person in Fortaleza
Fortaleza
spends 89 minutes riding public transit on a weekday, and 30% of public transit riders ride for more than 2 hours every day. People typically wait 24 minutes at a stop or station for public transit; on average, 52% of riders wait for over 20 minutes every day. The average distance people usually ride in a single trip with public transit is 6.8 km, while 10% travel for over 12 km in a single direction.[111] Sports[edit] The main games of the Ceará
Ceará
State Championship are played in Fortaleza. There are several association football clubs in the city, including Ceará
Ceará
SC, Fortaleza
Fortaleza
EC and Ferroviário AC. It was one of the host cities of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup.[citation needed]

Internal view of Arena Castelão

Kitesurfing at Futuro Beach

External view of Arena Castelão

Notable people[edit]

Statue of Rachel de Queiroz
Rachel de Queiroz
in Fortaleza.

Mausoleum of Marshal Castelo Branco, former President and dictator of Brazil.

José de Alencar, prominent writer of the Brazilian Empire.

José de Alencar, famous writer from the 19th century Alberto Nepomuceno, famous composer from the 19th century Rachel de Queiroz, first female writer in Academia Brasileira de Letras André Diamant, international chess grandmaster Casimiro Montenegro Filho, founder of the Brazilian Air Force Aeronautical Technologic Institute - ITA Maurício Peixoto, mathematician, one of the founders of IMPA Gilberto Câmara, former director of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) Hélder Câmara, Roman Catholic Archbishop nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Castelo Branco, former president (1964–67) Karim Aïnouz, film director Ed Lincoln, musician and composer Shelda Bede, beach volleyball player and olympic medalist Raffael, professional footballer Ronny Araújo, professional footballer Mário Jardel, retired professional footballer Marcus Aurélio, mixed martial arts professional Wilson Gouveia, mixed martial arts professional Thiago Alves, mixed martial arts professional Hermes França, mixed martial arts professional Jorge Gurgel, mixed martial arts professional Heloneida Studart, writer, politician, women's rights advocate

International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Brazil Twin towns – Sister cities[edit] Fortaleza
Fortaleza
is twinned with:

Country City

Venezuela Caracas[112]

United States Miami Beach[113]

Portugal Lisboa[114]

Italy Montese[115]

Brazil Natal[116]

Cape Verde Praia[117]

United States Racine, Wisconsin[118]

Senegal Saint-Louis[119]

See also[edit]

Housing in Fortaleza, Brazil

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Capitals of Brazilian states

Brasília
Brasília
(DF)

Northern

Belém
Belém
(PA) Boa Vista (RR) Macapá
Macapá
(AP) Manaus
Manaus
(AM) Palmas (TO) Porto Velho
Porto Velho
(RO) Rio Branco (AC)

Northeast

Aracaju
Aracaju
(SE) Fortaleza
Fortaleza
(CE) João Pessoa (PB) Maceió
Maceió
(AL) Natal (RN) Recife
Recife
(PE) Salvador (BA) São Luís (MA) Teresina
Teresina
(PI)

Center-West

Campo Grande
Campo Grande
(MS) Cuiabá
Cuiabá
(MT) Goiânia
Goiânia
(GO)

Southeast

Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
(MG) Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
(RJ) São Paulo
São Paulo
(SP) Vitória (ES)

South

Curitiba
Curitiba
(PR) Florianópolis
Florianópolis
(SC) Porto Alegre
Porto Alegre
(RS)

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