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Candelária, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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Candelária, RS (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 13 July 2020

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The municipal of Candelária (31,541 inhabitants in 2016; 93,493 ha) is located 180 km north of Porto Alegre.

Candelária was established in 1862 by Joăo Kochenborger and Jacob Welsh, the sons of German immigrants established in Rio Pardo. They built an aqueduct to supply water from stream Grande, used to power a sawmill and a maize and wheat mill.
The parish of Nossa Senhora de Candelária was established on 9 May 1876; in the beginning of the 20th century, the town counted c. 150 inhabitants. The municipality of Candelária was established on 7 July 1925.
Municipal website

Candelária is the namesake of the saurischian dinosaur Guaibasaurus candelariensis, identified in 1999.
J.F. Bonaparte, J. Ferigolo, A.M. Ribeiro. 1999. A new early Late Triassic saurischian dinosaur from Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil. National Science Museum Monographs. 15: 89–109
Ivan Sache, 13 July 2020


The flag of Candelária is vertically divided blue-white-blue, charged in the center with the municipal emblem (different from the municipal coat of arms).


Ivan Sache, 13 July 2020