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Wonderful City, World Heritage Site as Urban Cultural Landscape and most famous destination in Brazil. In 2020 Rio de Janeiro stands one more title: the first World Capital of Architecture. The nomination was granted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects (UIA) to the host city of the 27th World Congress of Architects, to be held in July 2020 on the theme "All worlds. One World. Architecture 21".

Unique in the art of harmonizing nature and architecture, Rio brings along in its waterfront, its parks and its avenues, examples of five centuries of styles, represented by more than ten thousand conserved properties and about two thousand listed. Its population of almost seven million inhabitants use to daily live with urban landmarks that will now be shared with the whole world.

After hosting important international events in recent years, Rio takes the leading role in architecture. This title is more than a recognition of the city's architectural, historical and cultural past. It is also an opportunity to think about the future. A chance to celebrate Rio yesterday and today and also to define what you want for cities around the world.
The 2020 program will include tourist, cultural, educational and scientific events throughout the city, involving not only citizens but also visitors. The City of Rio de Janeiro and the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), which work in partnership with the Rio 2020 World Capital Architecture Organizing Committee, are responsible for the calendar and host civil society initiatives through this form.

 

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  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Imperial Palace

    XV de Novembro Square 48 - Centro

    1743 Brigadeiro (José Fernandes Pinto) Alpoim, Reform

    1985 Glauco Campello, Renovation and adaptation of use

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://www.amigosdopacoimperial.org.br/ 1 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    São Bento Church and Monastery

    Dom Gerardo Street 40 - Centro

    1617 Francisco de Frias da Mesquita

    1670 Frei Bernardo de São Bento Corrêa de Souza, project

    1633, 1670-1690 Building;

    Séc. XVIII, Brigadeiro (José Fernandes Pinto) Alpoim [Claustro]

    18th, 19th, 20th and 21th Centuries – Reforms and Renovations

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/mosteiro-de-sao-bento/ 2 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Teles Arch

    Quinze de Novembro Square 32/34 - Centro

    Brigadeiro (José Fernandes Pinto) Alpoim, project

    Middle of 18th Century - Building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 3 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Saint Anthony Church and Convent

    Carioca Square, no number - Centro

    Francisco dos Santos, Vicente Salvador, Estevão dos Anjos and Antônio de Calvário (Friars), project

    1608-1620 building

    1920-1926 and 2007-2014 main reforms

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 4 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Church of Our Lady of Glory of Outeiro

    Nossa Senhora da Glória Square 135 - Glória

    José Cardoso Ramalho, project

    1714-1739 Building

    1735-1740 Tiles

    18, 19 nd 20th Centuries - Reforms and renovations

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 5 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    National Historical Museum

    Marechal Âncora Square no number - Centro

    1920 Archimedes Memória and Francisque Cuchet, Project

    1920 – 1922 Building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://mhn.museus.gov.br/ 6 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    National Library Foundation

    Rio Branco Av. 219/239 - Centro

    Hector Pepin, project

    1905-1910 Francisco Marcelino de Souza Aguiar, building

    1990-1996 and 2014-2015 reforms

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://www.bn.gov.br/ 7 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Municipal Theater

    Floriano Square no number - Centro

    1904 Albert Guilbert and Francisco de Oliveira Passos, project

    1905 - 1909 Building

    1934 Reforms

    2008 Renovation

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://www.theatromunicipal.rj.gov.br/ 8 2
  • Copacabana Palace Hotel

    Atlântica Av. 1702 - Copacabana

    1917 Joseph Gire, project

    1919-1923 building

    1991-1995 and 2005 Reforms

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/onde_ficar/copacabana-palace/ 9 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Central Station (Central do Brasil)

    Cristiano Otoni Square no number - Centro

    1936-1937 Roberto Magno de Carvalho and Escritório Robert Prentice (Geza Heller and Adalberto Szilard), project

    1937-1943 Building

    2012 reform

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 10 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

    Gustavo Capanema Palace

    Imprensa Street 16 - Centro

    1936 - 1937 Lucio Costa, Carlos Leão, Jorge Machado Moreira, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy and Ernani Vasconcelos, Project

    Le Corbusier, advisor

    Roberto Burle Marx, landscaping

    1937-1944 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/palacio-gustavo-capanema/ 11 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Moreira Salles Institute

    Marquês de São Vicente Street 476 - Gávea

    1948 Olavo Redig de Campos, project

    Roberto Burle Marx, landscaping and tile panel

    1951 building

    1995-1999 Luiza Dutra and Walter Menezes, renovation and adaptation of use

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://ims.com.br/unidade/rio-de-janeiro/ 12 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho|Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Pedregulho (Residential Complex Prefeito Mendes de Morais)

    Marechal Jardim St. 450 - São Cristóvão

    1946 Affonso Eduardo Reidy, project;

    Carmem Portinho, Sidney Santos, David Astracan, Francisco Lopes and Gabriel de Souza Aguiar; Francisco Bolonha and Roberto Burle Marx, contributors

    1947; 1950-1958 Department of Popular Housing of the Federal District, building

    2011;2013-2014 restoration Alfredo Britto, technical supervision

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 13 2
  • Photo: Marina Herriges | Riotur

    Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern Art (MAM)

    Infante Dom Henrique Av. 85 - Flamengo Park

    1953 Affonso Eduardo Reidy, project

    Carmem Portinho and Emílio Baumgart, contributors

    Roberto Burle Marx, landscaping

    1954-1958 and 1968 National Construction Company, construction (Block School and Museum, respectively)

    1982 Restoration after fire

    2005-2006 Theater building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://www.mam.rio/ 14 2
  • Photo: Fernando Maia | Riotur

    Maracanã | Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium

    Presidente Castelo Branco Av no number, Gate 2 - Maracanã

    1949 Raphael Galvão, Pedro Paulo Bastos, Antônio Dias Carneiro and Orlando Azevedo, project

    1949 - 1950 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/maracana/ 15 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Rio Museum of Art (MAR)

    Mauá Square 5 - Centro

    1912-1920 Building (Prince D. João Building)

    1929 Building (Old Bus Terminal Building)

    2010-2013 Bernardes+Jacobsen, MAR project

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://museudeartedorio.org.br/ 16 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Museum of Tomorrow

    Mauá Square 1 - Centro

    2010 Santiago Calatrava, project

    Ruy Rezende Arquitetura, development

    2012 - 2015 Building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: https://museudoamanha.org.br/ 17 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

    City of Arts Complex

    Américas Av. 5300 - Barra da Tijuca

    2002 Christian de Portzamparc, project | L.A. Rangel Arquitetos, development

    2004 - 2013 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://www.cidadedasartes.rio 18 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira|Riotur

    Madureira Park

    Soares Caldeira St. 115 - Madureira

    2010-2015 Ruy Rezende Arquitetura, project

    Mauro Bonelli, advisor

    2010-2012 implementation 1st phase

    2014-2015 expansion 2nd phase

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/parque-madureira/ 19 2
  • Photo: Pedro Kirilos | Riotur

    Flamengo Park

    Infante Dom Henrique Av. - Flamengo

    1962 Flamengo Park Working Group - Lota de Macedo Soares, Project coordination Affonso Eduardo Reidy and Roberto Burle Marx, project

    Berta Leitchic, Luiz Emygdio de Mello Filho and Maria Augusta Costa Ribeiro, contributors

    1965 Richard Kelly, lighting

    1961 a 1965 building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/atividades-no-aterro-do-flamengo/ 20 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    A Noite(The Night) Building

    Mauá Square 07 - Centro

    Joseph Gire and Elisário Cunha Bahiana, project

    Emilio Henrique Baumgart, structural calculation

    1927 - 1929 Gusmão, Dourado and Baldassini, building

    2012 beginning of reform and renovation

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 21 2
  • Photo: Michel Filho/Rio de Janeiro City Hall

    Oswaldo Cruz Institute

    Brasil Av. 4365 - Manguinhos

    1905-1918 Luis de Moraes Júnior, project and building

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 22 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Penha Church

    Largo da Penha 19 - Penha

    1728 building

    1870-1872 reform

    Begining of 20th century Luís de Moraes Júnior, refurbishment

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 23 2
  • Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

    Roberto Burle Marx Site

    Roberto Burle Marx Road 2019 - Barra de Guaratiba

    1949 Roberto Burle Marx, intervention project

    Source: Guia de Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016 more information: http://visit.rio/que_fazer/sitio-burle-marx/ 24 2
 
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Dora Alcântara - Architect

Dora Alcântara - Architect

Despite being born in Rio de Janeiro, Dora Alcântara spent much of her childhood and adolescence in other states. Her father's military career allowed only vacation trips to the city of Rio de Janeiro, where the girl spent the days with her family in a traditional house in Tijuca neighborhood, and in Copacabana beach. At age 17, Dora finally returned to her homeland and experienced a feeling that has accompanied her to this day, seven decades later. “It was like, from that moment on, I was permanently on vacation. Rio de Janeiro, with its unique nature and welcoming atmosphere, gives us this joy of living,” says the architect.

The relationship she has since established with the city has been of deep admiration. Not just for the iconic buildings that stroll through centuries of different architectural styles, but especially the opulent nature. Together, the sea, lagoons, hills, forest, rivers and parks coexist in harmony with the work created by exponents of architecture that left their mark in Rio de Janeiro. “Nothing is as striking in Rio as its natural beauty. Although exemplary such as São Bento Monastery, Outeiro da Gloria, Imperial Palace, Municipal Theater and Gustavo Capanema Palace, what most enchants, what is most impressive, is this unique nature that does not allow us to face with pessimism the difficult time we are going through ”, defines Dora who chose to live in the Lagoon neighborhood, surrounded by water and green mountains.

1 - Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) - “One of the wonders of the world. The position with open arms, in addition to evoking the redemptive cross, suggests the welcoming hug, trademark of the carioca. ”

2 - Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) - “It brings us closer to the starting point of the city, Cara de Cão Hill. It also offers a comprehensive view of Rio de Janeiro, especially Guanabara Bay. This meeting of the sea with the mountains is one of the special features of Rio. ”

3 - Tijuca Forest - “As if all the beauty of Rio wasn't enough, a forest like Tijuca's in an urban center makes the city exceptional. In addition, its story of a replanting effort is beautiful and serves as an example. ”

4 - Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and surroundings - “This place of the city holds in itself the idea of this Rio de Janeiro that was once full of lagoons, many of them grounded. A thrilling landscape, surrounded by hills and green. ”

5 – Gloria Hill Church (Outeiro da Glória) - “Besides being beautiful, this church occupies a place with a privileged view and a lot of history. A religious architecture, made by a military man. It also features beautiful tile compositions, an art that characterizes our Luso-Brazilian culture. ”

  • 1 - Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) - "One of the wonders of the world. The position with open arms, in addition to evoking the redemptive cross, suggests the welcoming hug, trademark of the carioca. " - Photo: Pedro Kirilos | Riotur

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  • 2 - Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) - "It brings us closer to the starting point of the city, Cara de Cão Hill. It also offers a comprehensive view of Rio de Janeiro, especially Guanabara Bay. This meeting of the sea with the mountains is one of the special features of Rio. " - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 3 - Tijuca Forest - "As if all the beauty of Rio wasn't enough, a forest like Tijuca's in an urban center makes the city exceptional. In addition, its story of a replanting effort is beautiful and serves as an example. " - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 4 - Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and surroundings - "This place of the city holds in itself the idea of this Rio de Janeiro that was once full of lagoons, many of them grounded. A thrilling landscape, surrounded by hills and green. " - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 5 – Gloria Hill Church (Outeiro da Glória) - "Besides being beautiful, this church occupies a place with a privileged view and a lot of history. A religious architecture, made by a military man. It also features beautiful tile compositions, an art that characterizes our Luso-Brazilian culture. " - Photo: Michel Filho | Rio City Hall

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Kátia Bogéa - President of the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan)

Kátia Bogéa - President of the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan)

President of the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan), Kátia Bogéa walks through the streets of the city as if walking through the memory of humanity. The Rio de Janeiro of the historian born in Sergipe and based in Maranhão goes through the unique meaning for Brazil and for the world of numerous addresses in Rio de Janeiro. “In Rio de Janeiro, the past and the present live in harmony. There are places in the city that always need to be visited, such as Valongo Wharf (Cais do Valongo), so you don't forget what happened to the country and humanity at different times in history,” she says.

For 39 years working at the institute, Kátia emphasizes the variety of architectural styles present in the city, the urbanism that perfectly interferes with a unique nature, celebrates the fact that Rio de Janeiro is the first World Capital of Architecture and lists likely future achievements such as the designation as a World Heritage Site that may be granted by UNESCO to the Burle Marx Site in 2020. Kátia's Rio de Janeiro still goes through the joy of its citizens, the atmosphere that congregates and influences. When she was 18 years old, still an Iphan intern, she visited the city for the first time, motivated by the desire to know historical and architectural icons. Since then, he has lost count of how many times he has been to Rio de Janeiro lands. During the Carnival, she usually rents an apartment in Leblon. “It's a beautiful city that smiles and hugs everyone. The whole world wants to know and experience Rio, it could not be known in any other way than Wonderful City”, she praises.

1 – Valongo Wharf (Cais do Valongo) - “It was the arrival port of one million slaves, a landmark of what was slavery in the world. This space, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, represents a difficult time in history that cannot be forgotten. ”

2 – Imperial Palace (Paço Imperial) - “This is a place where the whole history of Brazil is contained, essential to understand Brazilian politics since Dom João VI. A beautiful building that is fully restored and is the Iphan Cultural Center. ”

3 - Gustavo Capanema Palace - “World architectural landmark, this building counted on its construction with the performance of some of the most renowned architects such as Lucio Costa, Carlos Leon, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Ernani Vasconcellos and Jorge Machado Moreira and consultancy of French-Swiss Le Corbusier. As if that weren't enough, it also features Portinari tiles and Burle Marx gardens. It’s a masterpiece and one of Iphan’s national headquarters.”

4 - National Center for Folklore and Popular Culture (Centro Nacional do Folclore e Cultura Popular) - “Located next to the Catete Palace, the Center is dedicated to studying, researching, documenting, disseminating and fostering expressions of the knowledge and practices of the Brazilian people. Its collection brings together 17 thousand objects, 130 thousand bibliographic documents and 70 thousand audiovisual documents. The whole history of Brazilian folk culture is preserved there.”

5 - Burle Marx Site - “One of the most important collection of tropical and semitropical plants in the world is located on 400 thousand square meters. There are 3,500 species, some with unique samples, which began to be gathered when Burle Marx was only six years old. A must-see place that, by 2020, may become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

  • 1 – Valongo Wharf (Cais do Valongo) - "It was the arrival port of one million slaves, a landmark of what was slavery in the world. This space, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, represents a difficult time in history that cannot be forgotten. " - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 2 – Imperial Palace (Paço Imperial) - "This is a place where the whole history of Brazil is contained, essential to understand Brazilian politics since Dom João VI. A beautiful building that is fully restored and is the Iphan Cultural Center. " - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 3 - Gustavo Capanema Palace - "World architectural landmark, this building counted on its construction with the performance of some of the most renowned architects such as Lucio Costa, Carlos Leon, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Ernani Vasconcellos and Jorge Machado Moreira and consultancy of French-Swiss Le Corbusier. As if that weren't enough, it also features Portinari tiles and Burle Marx gardens. It's a masterpiece and one of Iphan's national headquarters." - Photo: Michel Filho | Rio City Hall

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  • 4 - National Center for Folklore and Popular Culture (Centro Nacional do Folclore e Cultura Popular) - "Located next to the Catete Palace, the Center is dedicated to studying, researching, documenting, disseminating and fostering expressions of the knowledge and practices of the Brazilian people. Its collection brings together 17 thousand objects, 130 thousand bibliographic documents and 70 thousand audiovisual documents. The whole history of Brazilian folk culture is preserved there." - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 5 - Burle Marx Site - "One of the most important collection of tropical and semitropical plants in the world is located on 400 thousand square meters. There are 3,500 species, some with unique samples, which began to be gathered when Burle Marx was only six years old. A must-see place that, by 2020, may become a UNESCO World Heritage Site." - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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visit.rio - City of Rio de Janeiro Tourism Authority - RIOTUR's website with itineraries and touristic places in the city.

ruas.rio - Public Address Recognition History System created by the Urbanism Secretary - SMU.

Patrimônio Cultural Carioca - website with information about the City's Heritage created by the Rio Heritage Institute - IRPH.

data.rio - Information Portal of the City of Rio de Janeiro created by the Pereira Passos Municipal Institute of Urbanism - IPP.

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