• Castelão Stadium in Fortaleza

    Castelão Stadium in FortalezaThe Castelão Stadium, originally named Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, was opened after four years of construction on the 11th of November 1973, with the inaugural match being played between Ceara and Fortaleza.

    The stadium is owed by the Ceara state government and an initiative of then governor Plácido Castelo, after whom the stadium was subsequently named after. The stadium is the home ground of local teams Ceara and Fortaleza.  (more…)

  • Fortaleza: A blonde bride of the sun

    Fortaleza: A blonde bride of the sun

    Fortaleza is the capital city of Brazilian state Ceará and meaning of the name of this city is “Fortress”. The first constructing from the what is called these days Fortaleza had been the Castle Schoonenborch, built-in 1649 by the Dutch, which at that time got penetrated and also ended up inhabiting towns inside Sting bikini northeastern part of Brazil.

    The state of Ceará can be defined by only a pair of words; party & sun. Fortaleza is the coastal area of Brazil with most sunny days over summer and winter. Party is the everlasting point out associated with character of those as well as the town. Forró, normal music genre for the area of northeast, can be around the peoples’ blood vessels, about the seashores, about the dance clubs, about the cafes, for the restaurants, around the motels, around the roads.  (more…)

  • Fortaleza, the fifth largest city in Brazil

    Fortaleza, Ceara - the fifth largest city in BrazilLocated in the Northeastern area of Brazil, Fortaleza is the fifth largest city in Brazil. It is the future home of the 2014 FIFA world cup. It is also the home to the statue of Iracema, Mucuripe Beach, and the Lighthouse Museum.

    History

    Fortaleza was discovered in 1500 by a Spanish explorer, Vicente Pizon. He named the area Santa Maria de la Consolacion.  Unfortunately due to the treaty of Tordesillas, the Spanish were not able to colonize the area. The Portuguese began colonizing the area in 1603. The Dutch tried to take over for awhile but the Portuguese managed to expel them. By 1800 the area was considered an urban center with Fortaleza as its capital. The city has continued to grow throughout the centuries since.

    Dance

    Many different forms of dance have originated in Fortaleza. Bumba-meu-boi or oi Ceara are songs and dances of Portuguese roots that are part of a religious cult to the ox. Tore is a dance originated by the tremembes. Voileiros, emboladores and cantadores are very popular types of music in the North and known for the social criticism. Maracatu is a dance celebrated during the Carnivals of the Baque Virado or Nacao lines. Danca do coco is an Afro-Brazilian dance very popular on the beaches.  (more…)