Pampulha, the newest member of UNESCO’s World Heritage List


The Pampulha Modern Ensemble, in Belo Horizonte, was officially declared Cultural Heritage this Sunday, 17 July, by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.

The Oscar Niemeyer project is made up of five separate buildings: The São Francisco de Assis church; the Yacht Tennis Club; a Casino (now the Pampulha Art Museum); a ballroom (now the Belo Horizonte Reference Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Design); and ex-President of Brazil Juscelino Kubitschek’s Residence (now known as Kubitscek House). The Ensemble was built between 1942 and 1943 and also includes a garden project by Roberto Burle Marx and works by Cândido Portinari.

As of this moment, UNESCO lists 1,031 World Heritage Sites, across 169 countries.


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