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Coordinates: 22°24′43″S 42°57′57″W / 22.41194°S 42.96583°W / -22.41194; -42.96583

Teresópolis
Município de Teresópolis
View from Pedra do Sino

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Nickname(s): Terê
Motto: "Sub Digitum Dei"
(Latin for, "Under God's Finger")
Location of Teresópolis in the state of Rio de Janeiro
Coordinates: 22°24′43″S 42°57′57″W / 22.41194°S 42.96583°W / -22.41194; -42.96583
Country Brazil
Region Southeast
State Rio de Janeiro
Founded 1891
Government
 - Mayor Jorge Mário Sedlacek (PT)
Area
 - Total 770.5 km2 (297.5 sq mi)
Elevation 871 m (2,858 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 150,921
 - Density 195.9/km2 (507.4/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
Website teresopolis.rj.gov.br

Teresópolis is a Brazilian municipality located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in a mountainous region known as Região Serrana. The Serra dos Órgãos National Park lies partly within the city limits.

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History

Teresópolis began as a quilombo founded by Maroons and indigenous peoples. In 1818, Englishman George March (1781–1845) established a farm there, and when he died in the middle of the 19th century, the locals divided the farm into several shares, some of which the new owners eventually resold.

In 1855, the settlement became an incorporated village, and was officially renamed "Freguesia de Santo Antonio de Paquequer"; however, the local inhabitants had already become accustomed to calling their home "Therezopolis" (named for the Empress Tereza Cristina). At this time, the village had a population of 2,000.

Count D’Eu and Princess Isabel visited Teresópolis in 1868; Emperor Dom Pedro II visited in 1870, and praised the village's beauty. On July 6, 1891, Brazilian officials upgraded the village's status to municipality.

Mountain peaks of Teresópolis

Teresópolis is famous in Brazil for its mountain peaks which attract many alpinists from all over the country.

Peak of Dedo de Deus (God's Finger).
  • Peak of Pedra do Sino (2,263 m)
  • Peak of Pedra do Açu (2,230 m)
  • Peak of Agulha do Diabo (2,020 m)
  • Peak of Nariz do Frade (1,919 m)
  • Peak of Dedo de Deus (1,651 m)
  • Peak of Pedra da Ermitage (1,485 m)
  • Peak of Dedo de Nossa Senhora (1,320 m).

Of these, perhaps Dedo de Deus ("God's finger") is the most famous.

Sport and recreation

Teresópolis has excellent facilities for visitors of the Serra dos Órgãos National Park.

Teresópolis hosts Brazil's national soccer training center, the Granja Comary. It is also the home of two soccer teams, Teresópolis Futebol Clube and Teresópolis Esporte Clube, and a futsal club, Esporte Clube Teresópolis.

Sister cities

Teresópolis' sister cities are:

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Tourism

Among Teresopolis main attractions is the "Serra dos Orgaos", an Atlantic Forest reserve.

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