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UNESCO names Rio its 2020 'World Capital of Architecture'

UNESCO names Rio its 2020 'World Capital of Architecture'

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has recognised Rio de Janeiro as the 'World Capital of Architecture' for 2020.

Having defeated Paris and Melbourne, Rio was selected to host the 27th edition of the World Congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) in July 2020.

The "World Capitals of Architecture" initiative was launched by UNESCO and UIA in November 2018.

Rio de Janeiro

As one of the oldest cities in Brazil, Rio has a mix of modern and colonial architecture, with world-renowned sites like the statue of Christ the Redeemer and contemporary constructions like the Museum of Tomorrow.

The city is also home to works of renowned architects such as Oscar Niemeyer, who also designed Brazil's capital city Brasilia.

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