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São Sebastião do Cai, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of São Sebastião do Caí (21,944 inhabitants in 2010; 11,&45 ha) is located 60 km north of Porto Alegre.

São Sebastião do Caí was established by the Guimarães family in 1808. The settlement was soon known as Porto dos Guimarães for the port established on river Caí, used for trade with Caixas do Sul, Porto Alegre and the neighboring areas. In 1848, the Guimarães brothers decided to erect a church and asked Bishop Sebastião Dias Laranjeira to name its patron saint; unsurprisingly, the bishop proposed to dedicate the church to St. Sebastian. The dedication was accepted and the bishop rewarded the community by offering a wooden statue of the saint, which is still venerated. A plot to build the church was offered by Francisco Mateus; the church's cornerstone was blessed in 1864.
The municipality of São Sebastião do Caí was established on 1 May 1875 and the church was consecrated on 15 July 1875.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 5 August 2020


A red centred upright cross, bordered white, on green with the coat of arms centred on a white lozenge.

Official website at
Dirk Schönberger, 12 April 2012


Ivan Sache, 5 August 2020