JDO - Juazeiro do Norte

Your blessing, Father

To speak of Juazeiro do Norte means speaking of Cícero Romão Batista, known as Father Cícero, a saint with a strong following in northeastern Brazil. It was there that the religious leader is said to have performed his first miracles and started on the path that turned him into a legend. To this day, the city is a pilgrimage destination for millions of the faithful who are eager to personally see the place where he spent most of his life.

But Juazeiro is more than that. Approximately 500 km (310 mi) from Ceará’s state capital, the city has an important footwear industry as well as a wealth of local crafts. Along with its neighbors Crato and Barbalha, it forms a true “sertão” metropolis that is known as the Cariri Trio.
The cultural scene is very lively, and values local traditions such as the reisado, forró, repente and cordel (string) literature.

 

The main attractions are related to the figure of Father Cícero. The large statue of him, almost 30 meters (100 feet) tall, is one of the most frequently-visited locations. The Father Cícero Memorial recreates the city’s history in photographs, objects and documents, and the Museu Vivo (Living Museum) houses pieces left behind by pilgrims who have had their wishes granted.

Off the “Father Ciço” circuit, a good recommendation is the Mestre Noza Cultural Center, where you will find clay and wood sculptures and a truly representative sample of local crafts.

Juazeiro is located in a region known as the Chapada do Araripe, which contains an environmental reserve as well as a paleontological site. Stop by Crato to visit the Cariri Paleontology Museum and see a beautiful collection of fossils.  Take the opportunity and go a little farther to Assaré, located 110 km (68 mi) away, to check out the works of one of the region's greatest poets at the Assaré Patativa Memorial.

 

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