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Rich Cultural Heritage and Legacy of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city of Brazil. The city is widely termed as “Rio”, the third biggest metropolitan city of Brazil. In fact, it’s regarded as one of the premier tourists destinations of the world, and is renowned for its beaches, carnivals, and different landmarks like the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The place is often termed as the “the Marvelous City” and has been designated as a Global City. It plays a very important role in the development of the global economy.
Being the cultural capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro grooves to the beats of music. From its classy Bossa Nova to the popular Samba and Favelas, Rio is the city of dance and melody. The historical center of Rio is full of cultural attractions, different architectural edifices, churches, schools, museums and public buildings squares. In fact, Rio is the heart of the most important cultural and political events in Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil for almost two centuries, (1763 to 1815) throughout the Portuguese colonial period, (1815 to 1821) as the capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Algarves and Brazil. From 1822 to 1960, it was an independent state. Rio represents the second biggest GDP in the country and the 30th biggest on the planet. The two prime commercial activities are tourism and oil production.
Rio is an eventful city, full of colors and celebrations. Some of the most renowned events are Copacabana´s New Year Party, World Cup 2014 Final Match, Rock in Rio and Olympics 2016.
Some famous museums in Rio are National Library, Museum of Contemporany Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Modern Art, Cultural Center Bank of Brazil, Museum of National History and Rio´s Art Museum.
The moment people hear the word “Brazil”, they instantly think about the Copacabana beach. It is probably the most important beach of Brazil and is mentioned in songs as well. For anybody aspiring for the jet set lifestyle, the Copacabana beach visit is a must. The name itself provokes images of trees, sun, beauty, and paradise beaches. Copacabana is famous for its extended beach, which stretches from Fort Copacabana to Leme Rock. It has its unique lifestyle. One will be amazed at the number of people taking part in beach sports all the time. In a nutshell, Copacabana is full of life, colors, energy and exuberance.
The Barra da Tijuca beach extends for almost 18 kilometers and is close to the South Zone (a short 30 minute drive). Starting at Morro do Joá, it extends all the way to the Recreio dos Bandeirantes. It is one of the most popular beaches for kite-surfers, bodyboarders and windsurfers. Thanks to its rich architecture and lifestyle, it’s often referred to as the “as the Miami of Rio de Janeiro”.