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Boa Vista, Roraima

Boa Vista Roraima
Full nameBoa Vista
Official nameThe Municipality of Boa Vista
Settlement typeMunicipality
Motto"Segurança, Desenvolvimento, Integração" ("Security, Development, Integration")
FoundedJune 9. 1890
MayorIradilson Sampaio PPS
Total Area2195.2 sq mi (5687 km2)
Elevation278.9 ft (85 m)
Total Population266901 (2010)
Density (pop.)43.8/km2 (113.4/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUTC-4 (UTC)
Postal Code69300-000

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Boa Vista (-ptˈboɐ ˈvistɐ, Good View) is the capital of the Brazilian state of Roraima. Situated on the western bank of the River Branco, the city lies 220 km (136 mi) away from Brazil's border with Venezuela. It is the only Brazilian capital located entirely above the Equator. Boa Vista has an equatorial climate, with high temperatures throughout the year and a very narrow range of temperatures, with an average temperature of about 30 °C. It also lies within a very wet climate with annual precipitation often more than 2000 mm. These hot and wet conditions are ideal for the growth of plants, so the vegetation found in the city is both dense and varied. The Equatorial Rainforests also have an extremely diverse fauna.

Boa Vista is the most populous municipality in the state of Roraima; approximately half of the population of the state lives in the city. Commerce mostly occurs with Manaus, the capital of the State of Amazonas. Business also takes place between Boa Vista and with the cities of Lethem, in Guyana and Santa Elena de Uairén, in Venezuela. These two foreign cities are the only major cities that can be accessed from Boa Vista by road, although roads connect other smaller state municipalities with the capital city. Travel by airplane is the only means of transportation with other regions of the country.

The federal government has started a project to link Boa Vista by road to Manaus and then by extension to the major centers of Brazil, by asphalting the BR 319 and building several bridges in the Amazon forest, allowing a direct road link to Manaus and then on to the central and southern regions of Brazil.

As a modern city, Boa Vista stands out among the other capitals of the North Region of Brazil as it is a planned city with a radial plan. It was planned by the architect Darci Aleixo Derenusson who based his design for the city on one that is similar to that of Paris, France. The city was built under the direction of Captain Ene Garcez, the first governor of Roraima. The main avenues converge at Civic Center Plaza, where the headquarters of three governmental branches (legislative, judiciary, and executive) reside. Aside from such cultural attractions as (theaters and palaces), there are hotels, banks, post offices, and cathedrals.

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