City of Rio de Janeiro
Rio is one of the most photographed cities in the world, famous by its unique mountainous coast and its marvelous beaches.
In 1502, Portuguese explorers sailed into Guanabara Bay and named it Rio de Janeiro (river of January), thinking it was a river mouth. It was the Brazil's second capital, after the City of Salvador, from 1763 until 1960, when Brasilia was inaugurated. Today, Rio has important monuments and historical buildings.
It is the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
More: map of Rio de Janeiro.
Rodrigo de Freitas lake and Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro. Beautiful landscape.
The coast of the city of Rio de Janeiro
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