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February 28, 2021

Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s Through Fascinating Photos

Rio de Janeiro is the second-most populous city in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. It is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s third-most populous state, after São Paulo and Minas Gerais.

Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named “Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea”, by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon.

In addition to the beaches, some of the most famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf Mountain with its cable car; the Sambódromo (Sambadrome), a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.

Take a look at these fascinating photos from Brian Delk to see what Rio looked like in the 1970s.


  1. Pictures 4, 15 and 21 are in Spain.

    1. Pictures 4, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22 isn´t Rio.

  2. So much was different, and yet exactly the same as the USA during those same years




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