Rio gets UNESCO world heritage status

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Rio de Janeiro popularly known as Marvelous City has become the heritage place to be as it has officially entered the UN’s list of world heritage sites in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches.

Rio de Janeiro, Marvelous City, UN's list of world heritage sites,  UNESCO, world heritage site

The UN cultural body, UNESCO, highlighted the “extraordinary fusion” of man-made and natural beauty in certifying Rio on the world heritage list during a ceremony held at the Christ the Redeemer statue on Tuesday.

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That blend 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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Rio got a big tourism boost during the 2014 football World Cup and this August’s Olympic Games. However, persistent high crime, last year’s Zika epidemic, and political instability have hurt the city’s image.

Rio de Janeiro, Marvelous City, UN's list of world heritage sites,  UNESCO, world heritage site

The UNESCO status was announced in 2012, but only became official after the Brazilian authorities were given four years to report on their plans for protecting the likes of Flamengo Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, the Corcovado, Copacabana beach, the Botanical Garden and Tijuca forest.

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