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Historic Centre of the Town of Goiรกs

Goiรกs testifies to the occupation and colonization of the lands of central Brazil in the 18th and 19th centuries. The urban layout is an example of the organic development of a mining town, adapted to the conditions of the site. Although modest, both public and private architecture form a harmonious whole, thanks to the coherent use of local materials and vernacular techniques.

Since 2001 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Studart for the postcard.

Historic Centre of Sรฃo Luรญs

The late 17th-century core of this historic town, founded by the French and occupied by the Dutch before coming under Portuguese rule, has preserved the original rectangular street plan in its entirety. Thanks to a period of economic stagnation in the early 20th century, an exceptional number of fine historic buildings have survived, making this an outstanding example of an Iberian colonial town.

Since 1997 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Studart for the postcard.

Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves

The Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, in the states of Paranรก and Sรฃo Paulo, contain some of the best and most extensive examples of Atlantic forest in Brazil. The 25 protected areas that make up the site (some 470,000 ha in total) display the biological wealth and evolutionary history of the last remaining Atlantic forests. From mountains covered by dense forests, down to wetlands, coastal islands with isolated mountains and dunes, the area comprises a rich natural environment of great scenic beauty.

Since 1999 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Pablo for the postcard.

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Pampulha Modern Ensemble

The Pampulha Modern Ensemble was the centre of a visionary garden city project created in 1940 at Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais State. Designed around an artificial lake, this cultural and leisure centre included a casino, a ballroom, the Golf Yacht Club and the Sรฃo Francisco de Assis church. The buildings were designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, in collaboration with innovative artists. The Ensemble comprises bold forms that exploit the plastic potential of concrete, while fusing architecture, landscape design, sculpture and painting into a harmonious whole. It reflects the influence of local traditions, the Brazilian climate and natural surroundings on the principles of modern architecture.

Since 2016 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Vitoria for the postcard.

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Thanks to Martina for the postcard.

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Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda

Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, the townโ€™s history is linked to the sugar-cane industry. Rebuilt after being looted by the Dutch, its basic urban fabric dates from the 18th century. The harmonious balance between the buildings, gardens, 20 Baroque churches, convents and numerous small passos (chapels) all contribute to Olindaโ€™s particular charm.

Since 1982 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Amina for the postcard.

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Brasilia

Brasilia, a capital created ex nihilo in the centre of the country in 1956, was a landmark in the history of town planning. Urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer intended that every element โ€“ from the layout of the residential and administrative districts (often compared to the shape of a bird in flight) to the symmetry of the buildings themselves โ€“ should be in harmony with the cityโ€™s overall design. The official buildings, in particular, are innovative and imaginative.

Since 1987 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Silvia for the postcard.

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Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas

This sanctuary in Minais Gerais, south of Belo Horizonte was built in the second half of the 18th century. It consists of a church with a magnificent Rococo interior of Italian inspiration; an outdoor stairway decorated with statues of the prophets; and seven chapels illustrating the Stations of the Cross, in which the polychrome sculptures by Aleijadinho are masterpieces of a highly original, moving, expressive form of Baroque art.

Since 1985 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Silvia for the postcard.

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