Óbidos, Pará

Óbidos is a municipality in Pará, Brazil located at the narrowest and swiftest part of the Amazon River. It's an old town founded in 1697, and located between Santarém and Oriximiná. The town is the seat of the Diocese of Óbidos. The town was named after Óbidos, Portugal.

The Municipality of Óbidos
Flag of Óbidos

Official seal of Óbidos

Location in the State of Pará
Location in the State of Pará
Country Brazil
StateBandeira do Pará.svg Pará
FoundedSeptember 23, 1867
 • MayorJaime Barbosa da Silva(PTB)
 • Total28,021.287 km2 (10,819.079 sq mi)
 • Total49,254
 • Density1.76/km2 (4.6/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)


The north of the municipality contains part (7.36%) of the 4,245,819 hectares (10,491,650 acres) Grão-Pará Ecological Station, the largest fully protected tropical forest conservation unit on the planet.[1] It contains 10% of the 3,172,978 hectares (7,840,600 acres) Trombetas State Forest, created in 2006.[2]

Sobral Santos II disaster

Óbidos was the scene of the sinking of Sobral Santos II in September 1981, one of the worst maritime tragedies in the history of the Amazon River. The riverboat was making its weekly trip between Santarém and Manaus and was claimed to be overcrowded when it sank in Óbidos harbour.[3] It is assumed over 300 people died in the disaster, with hundreds of bodies and body parts never identified. In 2014, British angler Jeremy Wade went to Óbidos to investigate the role that local fish species may have played in the loss of life during this disaster; his findings were documented in the River Monsters episode entitled "Amazon Apocalypse." [4]


  1. ^ Estação Ecológica Grão-Pará (in Portuguese), Ideflor-bio (Government of Pará), retrieved 2016-05-12
  2. ^ FES do Trombetas (in Portuguese), ISA: Instituto Socioambiental, retrieved 2016-09-07
  3. ^ "300 Die as Amazon Boat Sinks". New York Times. 20 September 1981. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  4. ^ Little, Debbie (5 April 2014). "'River Monsters' uncovers tale of deadly Amazon fish attack". New York Post. Retrieved 5 January 2019.

Further reading

  • Columbia-Lippincott guide'. (New York City: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 1362.

Coordinates: 1°54′S 55°31′W / 1.900°S 55.517°W


Hoplophractis is a genus of moth of the family Brachodidae. There is only one species in this genus: Hoplophractis heptachalca, that is a dayflying moth known from Óbidos, Pará, Brazil and from Trinidad & Tobago.

Its wingspan is 11–12 mm and it is on wing from August to October.

José Veríssimo

José Veríssimo Dias de Matos (8 April 1857 – 2 December 1916) was a writer, educator, journalist, literary critic, and founding member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.

List of shipwrecks in 1981

The list of shipwrecks in 1981 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1981.

List of shipwrecks of South America

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Obidos (software)

Obidos was the name used by Amazon.com for their original page rendering engine, and appears in many of their URLs such as http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596515162. Obidos was phased out on August 31, 2006 at 20:59:17 PDT and replaced by the Gurupa engine. Amazon.com subsequently used the name for their building at 551 Boren Ave N

Seattle, WA 98109.It was named after the town of Óbidos in Brazil near the swiftest point on the Amazon River.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Óbidos

The Diocese of Óbidos (Latin: Dioecesis Obidensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese located in the city of Óbidos in the Ecclesiastical province of Belém do Pará in Brazil.

The Wombles

The Wombles are fictional pointy-nosed, furry creatures created by Elisabeth Beresford and originally appearing in a series of children's novels from 1968. They live in burrows, where they aim to help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in creative ways. Although Wombles supposedly live in every country in the world, Beresford's stories are concerned with the lives of the inhabitants of the burrow on Wimbledon Common in London, England.

The characters gained a higher national profile in the UK in the mid-1970s as a result of a BBC-commissioned children's television show which used stop-motion animation. A number of spin-off novelty songs also became hits in the British music charts. The Wombles pop group was the idea of British singer and composer Mike Batt.

The Womble motto is "Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish". This environmentally-friendly message was a reflection of the growing environmental movement of the 1970s.

Trombetas River

The Trombetas is a large river on the northern side of the Amazon River.

Woodbine Municipal Airport (New Jersey)

Woodbine Municipal Airport (ICAO: KOBI, FAA LID: OBI, formerly 1N4) is a public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) southeast of the central business district of Woodbine, in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. The airport is owned by the Woodbine Port Authority. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned OBI by the FAA, but has no designation from the IATA (which assigned OBI to an airport in Óbidos, Pará, Brazil).

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