Juazeiro do Norte

Juazeiro do Norte

[zhwah-zey-roo doo nawr-tee]
Juazeiro do Norte is the second-largest city in Ceará state, in northeastern Brazil. It is located 528 km south of the state capital Fortaleza in the arid sertão. The municipality has a population of 225,300 (2005 official estimate} and covers 219 km² (84,56 sq.miles).

Juazeiro do Norte is best-known as the base of the charismatic priest and politician Padre Cícero (Cícero Romão Batista) (1844-1934). A pilgrimage in his honour takes place every November, attracting thousands of followers.

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