Rafaela is a city in northern Argentina, located in the northwest of the province of Santa Fe. It is the capital of the department Castellanos, has 83 563 inhabitants (2001, INDEC ), making it the fourth largest city of the province.

  • 3.1 partnerships
  • 4.1 Structures
  • 4.2 Sport
  • 5.1 Economics
  • 5.2 traffic
  • 6.1 Sons and daughters of the town
  • 6.2 personalities who have worked on site


Rafaela is located in the transitional area between the humid pampas and the bush forests of the Gran Chaco at an altitude of 90 meters. The surrounding area is used intensively for agriculture, so that from the original landscape little remains.


The climate is subtropical and humid throughout the year. The average annual rainfall is 951 millimeters. The temperatures reach an average of 6 to 18 degrees Celsius in winter and 18 and 31 degrees Celsius in summer.


Rafaela in 1881 by businessman Guillermo ( William ) Lehmann ( born in Sigmaringen village, now the sister city Rafaelas ) was founded. The city grew very rapidly and then in 1890 was connected to the railway network. They soon became one of the richest towns in the region. Today the town has about 90,000 inhabitants.



Culture and sights


The town has several buildings dating from the last years of the 19th century. It stand out of the cathedral and commercial building Ripamonti.


Rafaela has a famous car race track, in several national competitions are held. In addition, the football club Atlético de Rafaela has his seat, which plays its home games in the Estadio Monumental Rafaela and several times in the first division of Argentina ( Primera División ) was represented. Another great football club from Rafaela 's Sportivo Ben Hur.

Economy and infrastructure


Rafaela is mainly influenced by the industry, with textile, paper, metal and agricultural industries predominate. She is also the center of an agriculturally rich region, which manifests itself in several service industries. Rafaela is one of the most important cities of Cuenca as a designated lechera region in the Argentine provinces of Santa Fe and Cordoba, which is particularly characterized by the production of dairy products.


The distance to the provincial capital, Santa Fe on the Ruta Provincial 70 is 90 kilometers. The running in the north-south direction Ruta Nacional 34 connects with Rafaela Rosario ( 230 km) and Buenos Aires (530 km). An alternative to this is the Nuevo Ferrocarril Central Argentino, which connects the same cities.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Marcelo Nicola (born 1971 ), basketball player and coach
  • Sebastian Porto (born 1978 ), motorcycle racer

Personalities who have worked on site

  • Wilhelm Lehmann (1840-1886), founder of the city