Elected by Unesco, the city of Rio de Janeiro is the world's first architectural capital.
The wonderful city was once again recognized worldwide, this time for its rich architectural heritage that goes back to the early days of the country. In 2012, Rio was also the first city in the world to receive the title of UNESCO World Heritage as Cultural Landscape.
The title of First World Capital of Architecture is the result of an agreement between Unesco and the International Union of Architects (UIA) to give the title to the cities that will be responsible for organizing the organization's world congress. Rio will host the next edition of the event, between July 19 and 26, 2020, gathering approximately 15 thousand to 20 thousand professionals.
To celebrate the date, we created a special itinerary encompassing sites that help tell the city's 450 years of history.
In a 15-minute walk in the Center of Rio, you can see baroque, eclectic and art deco architecture. In addition, the architectural patrimony gathers from elements of Portuguese architecture to icons of modernism. Here is a list for you to choose where to go:
- Arcos da Lapa - Built in the 18th century by Indians and Negroes to transport water from the sources of the Rio Carioca.
- Monastery of São Bento - Construction of the 17th century is one of the most beautiful examples of colonial architecture.
- National Museum of Fine Arts - Built during the period when the city underwent several urban modernizations, from the turn of the 19th century to the 20th.
- Municipal Theater - Built in the early 20th century, it impresses with its 6 immense stone columns, 3 gigantic gates and many gold details.
- Confeitaria Colombo - Inaugurated in 1894, the famous confectionery has already received a visit from the Queen of England, Elizabeth, in 1968.
- Museum of Tomorrow - Located in Porto Maravilha, it is one of the cultural symbols of the region.
- Lage Park - At the foot of Morro do Corcovado, the place was topped by IPHAN and has an eclectic mansion, café and art school.
- Seláron Staircase - The 250 steps that unite the neighborhoods of Glória and Santa Teresa became a work of art by the Chilean artist Jorge Seláron.
- Ilha Fiscal - In the Bay of Guanabara, it refers to the last days of the empire in Brazil. In 1889 a legendary dance took place that reunited the main names of the Carioca and Brazilian society, only 6 days before the proclamation of the republic.
- Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado - The art deco statue is one of the most famous monuments in the world.
- Rua do Ouvidor - Universe of works of Machado de Assis
- Royal Portuguese Reading Office - Opened in 1887 by Princess Isabel, it is considered one of the 20 most beautiful libraries in the world.
- Church of St. Francis of Penance - 1657 - Located in the Convent of St. Anthony, in Largo do Carioca.
- Paço Imperial - Located in Place XV, one of the first routes of RJ - 1743.
- National Library - Inaugurated in 1910, it is the largest in Latin America with 9 million volumes and rarities as documents of the 19th century brought by Dom João VI and the court of Portugal.
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