is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil with
3,743,854 inhabitants, the largest metropolitan area of the North/Northeast
Regions, the 5th-largest metropolitan influence area in Brazil, and the capital
and largest city of the state of Pernambuco. The population of the city proper
was 1,555,039 in 2012.
Recife is located where the Beberibe River meets the Capibaribe River to
flow into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a major port on the Atlantic Ocean. Its
name is an allusion to the stone reefs that are present by the city's shores.
The many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges found in