Vitória ( Portuguese pronunciation: [viˈtɔɾjɐ] , Victory ), spelled Victória until the 1940s, is the capital of the state of Espírito Santo , Brazil . It is located on a small island within a bay where a few rivers meet the sea. It was founded in 1551. The city proper 93 square kilometres (36 square miles) has a population of 358,875 (2015) whilst the Greater Vitória metropolitan area has a population of more than 1,857,616 (2013), the 14th largest in Brazil.
Vitoria-Gasteiz's vicinity is home to world-renowned wineries such as Ysios (by Santiago Calatrava ) and the Marqués de Riscal Hotel (by Frank Gehry ); relevant heritage sites including the Neolithic remains of Aizkomendi , Sorginetxe and La chabola de la Hechicera ; Iron Age remains such as the settlements of Lastra and Buradón; antique remains such as the settlement of La Hoya and the salt valley of Añana ; and countless medieval fortresses such as the Tower of Mendoza and the Tower of Varona .