is the capital of the Brazilian state Ceará,
the eastern Brazilian coast.
The creation of the municipality of
Fortaleza took place in 1726, when the
population of the Fort became a village.
Only in 1823, Emperor Dom Pedro I elevated
the village to a city category. During the
Second Empire, the Intendant Antonio
Rodrigues Ferreira and the architect
Adolfo Herster created many urban
structures, transforming Fortaleza into
one of the major cities in Brazil.
During recent years, Fortaleza - with its
2,3 million inhabitants - encountered a
boom in tourism as well as in other parts
is a large and modern city where new
architecture contrasts with beautiful
beaches and tall coconut palms.
On the beaches, visitors can
see typical "jangadeiros"
(fishermen who take to the seas in their
rugged "Jangadas" (crude sailing
rafts traditionally used for fishing in
Fortaleza is also well known for
its artisan's open-air market and is the
hometown of great players such as Shelda
will be the seventh World Tour event for
Fortaleza as the host city.
The city hosted the Men’s World
Tour four times from 1994 to 1997, and the
Women’s World Tour for two years for the
seasons 2000 and 2001 and returns again to
the men for this 2002 edition.
The event, as always in Brazil, is
expected to attract huge crowd and a
year's Podium (Women only