Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro. Photo credit: Wikipedia.org
UNESCO has chosen Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as the World Architecture Capital for 2020.
It is the first time the UN is awarding a city this title, and this is part of a work of preserving architecture history in major cities.
The aim is to create an international forum for debates on demanding global challenges from a perspective on culture, cultural heritage, urban planning and architecture.
Rio de Janeiro was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese, and was the capital of Brazil until 1960 when the capital was transferred to the new city of Brasilia.