The City of Antonina

  • The City of Antonina

Our History

Antonina was born from the gold extraction from gold lodes that existed in the region in the mid-17th century.
In 1714, it was authorized the construction of a chapel in honor of the Virgin of Pilar in this small village and the date of September 12, 1714 was considered its foundation date. Due to the chapel, the region became known as “Capela” and its inhabitants were called “capelistas”.

Historic and Landscape Heritage

Antonina has its historic and landscape complex listed as a Union Heritage Site. It has a privileged landscape, framed by the surrounding hills and the Serra do Mar cliffs, with exuberant vegetation, bathed by the calm waters of the Antonina Bay, where the Atlantic Ocean advances deeper along the entire Brazilian coast.

Just 80 km from Curitiba – within the Atlantic Forest Great Reserve, the largest remaining continuous fragment of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil – the city where the Ground Zero of Estrada da Graciosa is located, allies sea, rivers, hills, mountains, rich architectural and cultural collection, tasty cuisine and cozy inns.

Atlantic Forest

The Atlantic Forest is one of the most exuberant rainforests on the planet, but it has been reduced to less than 13% of its original size. The good news is that there is still one last big remnant in good condition: 1.8 million hectares of continuous rainforest, with huge and diverse wildlife, mountains, caves, waterfalls, bays, mangroves and beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. .

The Atlantic Forest Great Reserve is home to one of the oldest colonial cities in Brazil, as well as indigenous and historic communities, all within a short distance of two of the country’s largest urban centers: São Paulo and Curitiba. The combination of cultural and natural wealth in densely populated areas offers the rare opportunity to conserve and enjoy this unique landscape. Protected natural areas are the foundation of an innovative economy that can benefit everyone living in the region.

The Atlantic Forest Great Reserve is a unique opportunity to conserve one of the most important biodiversity areas in the world. At the same time, it promotes a restorative economy, improving the quality of life in dozens of rural communities. The Atlantic Forest is a heritage of Brazil and needs to be valued, recognized and preserved by everyone.

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