Santa Cruz do Sul ( ) is a
city in central Rio Grande do Sul,
Brazil. The city has approximately 130,000
inhabitants and sits about 150 km (about 93 miles) from the
capital city of the state, Porto Alegre.
The city enjoys a high standard of living
and Gross Income per Capita is 2.5 times greater than that of the
average person's salary in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
The center Cathedral of São João Batista is one of the main tourist
draws in the city. The adjacent block in front of the Cathedral,
adorned with fountains and trees. São João Batista Cathedral is one of the
largest cathedrals in all of Brazil.
main edifice was built between 1928 and 1932 and the two 82 meter
(269 ft) tall towers were added later.
IndustryThe area around Santa Cruz do Sul is mainly agricultural,
and produces large quantities of tobacco and soy beans for animal
fodder. Most of the tobacco produced in the area is exported as a
raw material for cigarette manufacturing plants all over the world.
Soy bean processing plants sell several million tons of animal
fodder annually, for domestic use and for export.
Santa Cruz do Sul Oktoberfest 2003
the citizens of Santa Cruz do Sul and visitors from the region
The city has a large population of German-Brazilians
. Thousands turn out each
year for the Oktoberfest celebration.
João-de-Barro Bom-Plac House Project
The Prefeitura Municipal de Santa Cruz do Sul won a 2004 Energy Globe
for the João-de-Barro Bom-Plac House Project.
This city belongs to the geopark
More photos of Santa Cruz do Sul
Image:Santa Cruz do Sul catedral vertical 2005-03-21.jpg|São João
Batista CathedralImage:Cresc pop stacruz.png|Chart of population
- 2005 Energy Globe Awards, accessed