Brazil has a New UNESCO World Heritage Site - Pampulha in Belo Horizonte


Just before hosting the Olympic Games, Brazil has conquered another important title: the architecture complex Pampulha in Belo Horizonte was nominated World Heritage Site by the Unesco this Sunday, July 17th, in Istanbul. It is the 20th site in Brazil to receive this title.

Built in the 40's, the four pavilions around the artificial lake Pampulha in Belo Horizonte are a very early product of the Brazilian modern movement. For the church, the casino, the ball room and the yacht club Oscar Niemeyer worked together with artist Candido Portinari and landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, like he did in many following projects.

In order to receive the title, Pampulha had to come up with a new management plan ensuring the maintenance and preservation of the complex. It is important, that this early product of the Brazilian modern movement is accessible to the humanity.

July 22nd 2016

Barbara Iseli