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Rio de Janeiro awarded UNESCO world heritage status

Rio de Janeiro’s natural landscapes have been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.

By Natalie Paris11:06AM BST 02 Jul 2012

The Brazilian city, often known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City), is recognisable for its towering granite peaks that bookend golden sand beaches, and its statue of Christ the Redeemer – the largest Art Deco statue in the world.
Rio was one of eight new sites, four natural and four cultural, added to the UN’s list on Sunday.

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With Rio being recently declared as a new UNESCO World Heritage site, what other cities (preferably major) are enlisted too and which unlisted ones do you think deserve it?

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Mexico City has several locations, the entire city centre, the central UNAM campus, Xochimilco Canals, the Luis Barragán House, Teotihuacan Pyramids



UNAM Campus


Luis Barragán Studio and House


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In Rotterdam:

Van Nelle plant:
Van Nellefabriek was designed and built in the 1920s on the banks of a canal in the Spaanse Polder industrial zone north-west of Rotterdam. The site is one of the icons of 20th-century industrial architecture, comprising a complex of factories, with façades consisting essentially of steel and glass, making large-scale use of the curtain wall principle. It was conceived as an ‘ideal factory’, open to the outside world, whose interior working spaces evolved according to need, and in which daylight was used to provide pleasant working conditions. It embodies the new kind of factory that became a symbol of the modernist and functionalist culture of the inter-war period and bears witness to the long commercial and industrial history of the Netherlands in the field of importation and processing of food products from tropical countries, and their industrial processing for marketing in Europe.
Just outside Rotterdam is Kinderdijk, famous for the windmills:
Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
The outstanding contribution made by the people of the Netherlands to the technology of handling water is admirably demonstrated by the installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area. Construction of hydraulic works for the drainage of land for agriculture and settlement began in the Middle Ages and have continued uninterruptedly to the present day. The site illustrates all the typical features associated with this technology – *****, reservoirs, pumping stations, administrative buildings and a series of beautifully preserved windmills.
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