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Rio De Janeiro has always been one of the world’s most famous cities! Be it the spectacular white sand beaches like Copacabana or the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city, Rio is home to some of the most sought after holiday spots in the world. No wonder it is nicknamed “The Marvellous City”.  And now, in what is another feather to its cap, Rio De Janeiro has been official awarded the status of World Heritage site by UNESCO. While the UNESCO status was announced back in 2012, the Brazilian authorities were given four years to come forth with their plans for protecting significant sites like Flamengo Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, the Corcovado, Copacabana beach, the Botanical Garden and Tijuca forest. Also Read - Rohit Sharma Reacts After People Burst Crackers During PM Narendra Modi’s #9pm9min Initiative Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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An official ceremony was held on December 13, 2016 at Tijuca National Park at Corcovado Hill to present the registration document of Rio de Janeiro city as “Carioca Landscapes between Mountain and Sea” on the UNESCO world heritage list. UNESCO coordinator of culture in Brazil, Patricia Reis, presented Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes the esteemed certificate. The cultural body of the UN acknowledged the extraordinary fusion of man-made and natural beauty in Rio which is evident in sites like Christ the Redeemer. Close to $1.5 million goes into the maintenance of this statue. Stunning places like Tijuca National Park, Corcovado Mountain, and Copacabana Bay form Rio’s amazing cultural landscape which travelers all across the globe find enchanting. This kind of fusion has “created an urban landscape perceived to be of great beauty by many writers and travelers and one that has shaped the culture of the city,” the UN said.

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It is worth mentioning that the 2014 football world cup and 2016 Olympic games have helped Rio De Janeiro’s tourism industry to a great extent. With this new status of UNESCO World heritage site, more tourists are bound to get attracted towards this wonderful city which is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.

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