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The beach at Santos, Brazil, is bordered by a garden 5.3 km (3.3 miles) long. It has a total area of 218,800 sq m (2,355,143 sq ft) and the green belt is separated by six canals.

The garden is so gigantic that it has 38 people looking after it all year round. The first part of the garden was completed in 1939 by the Czechoslovakian gardener Carlos Colarquis. In the 1950s, the size of the beachfront avenue was doubled and a decade later the Mayor, Silvio Clemente, asked a garden guru to develop something even more amazing. The final changes to the garden took place in 1972 and 1976.

The garden has 719 flowerbeds and 1,746 trees of 20 different species. The path running through the garden is 5,247 m (17,214 ft) long. The garden is also jam-packed with statues, including a monument to Christopher Columbus and another remembering the first Europeans to arrive in Brazil.

A few years ago there was a rat pack hanging out in the garden, so to stop these rodents a former Mayor of Santos decided to let loose a pack of cats to kill them! The rats were killed and most of the cats were adopted by the locals, but if you look closely enough there's still an occasional cat strolling the statues.


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