Who was to Corcovado, on a clear day, you know well: the bay of Rio de Janeiro, as seen from that particular perspective, appears in all its haunting beauty, and is revealed as one of the most beautiful in the world! And finally it is also prudent to UNESCO!. The iconic landscape of Rio de Janeiro, characterized by soaring granite walls that descend into the sea and white sandy beaches that stretch for miles, is now an official World Heritage site by UNESCO.
UNESCO has motivated this designation in recognition of Rio de Janeiro to the unique way that this exuberant natural environment blends with the urban landscape. Indeed Rio has large open spaces on the waterfront, and one of the largest forest areas in the world, including entirely within an urban environment: the National Park of Tijuca.
The official Rio de Janeiro designation cites several key features that have shaped and inspired the development of the city: the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, the Botanical Garden, founded in 1808 by Emperor Portuguese and Copacabana, a large bay surrounded by hills granite and bordered by a white sand beach.
These factors have contributed to the culture of outdoor life, typical of this spectacular city, UNESCO points out that “Rio de Janeiro is also recognized for the ‘inspiration that has given to musicians, landscape architects and urban planners.”
Some of the items mentioned in the decree have been well maintained over time, but others, like the bay of Botafogo, at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain, have been degraded by pollution in the forms of thinking over the decades. But now, all these places in the city, will benefit from the efforts and contributions funded by UNESCO, for their conservation. Rio de Janeiro.
Originally posted 2012-07-02 15:04:29.