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Cruzeiro

Cruzeiro is a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. It is located about 220km from the state capital. It is part of the Metropolitan Region of Vale do Paraíba e Litoral Norte. The population is 81,082 in an area of 305.70 km².Coat of armsIts coat of arms features a shield with blue on the top and white at the bottom with its part of a flag in the top left and the Southern Cross which has its golden stars on the right.FlagIts flag colors are red on the top left with four golden stars with a white circle and its state where the city is located in the middle and with 13 stripes, seven of them are blue and six of them are white. It has a red tag reading in Portuguese Cultura Civismo meaning Civic Culture on the left, Paz meaning Peace in the middle and Liberdade e Trabalho meaning Freedom and Work on the bottom and a golden crown on the top.GeographyThe municipality is situated at an elevation of 508m in the valley of the river Paraíba do Sul. To the north is the mountain range Serra da Mantiqueira, which reaches elevations up to 2800m and forms the border with the state of Minas Gerais. Cruzeiro lies about halfway between the two largest agglomerations of Brazil: São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Within a radius of 200km around Cruzeiro, the population is around 40 million people.TransportationThe main highways around Cruzeiro are the President Dutra Highway (BR-116, São Paulo - Rio de Janeiro) and the state highways of SP-52 (towards São Lourenço, Minas Gerais) and SP-58. Cruzeiro has a station on the main railway line from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, but this was closed for passenger traffic in 1998.
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