João Pessoa, Brazil, João Pessoa


João Pessoa, Brazil
João Pessoa is the capital of the state of Paraíba in Brazil. It was founded in 1585 and it is also known as the city where the sun rises first, because it is the easternmost city in the Americas at 34° 47′ 38″ W, 7° 9′ 28″ S. Its easternmost point is known as Ponta do Seixas. The city is considered "the second greenest in the world", with more than 7km2 of forested land, second only to Paris, France.It is the state's largest city, with an estimated population of 801,718 of inhabitants.<ref name="IBGE/2016"> Its metropolitan area comprises eight other satellite cities (Bayeux, Cabedelo, Conde, Lucena, Santa Rita, and others), totalling 1,223,000 of inhabitants.The new "Estação Ciência, Cultura e Artes" (Science, Culture and Art Station), located at the most eastern point of the Americas (Ponta das Seixas), is both an educational and cultural institution as well as a national landmark. The complex, inaugurated in 2008, was created by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and is one of his last projects.HistoryJoão Pessoa is the third oldest city in Brazil. Previously named Parahyba, the city was renamed for a governor of Paraíba state João Pessoa Cavalcanti de Albuquerque after his assassination in 1930.GeographyEnvironmentJoão Pessoa has a 20km beachfront.


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