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UNESCO recognizes the Pampulha as World Heritage

Updated on July 17, 2016

AgĂȘncia Brasil

The Modern Set Pampulha won in the early hours of today (17), the title of World Heritage Site. The decision was taken at the 40th World Heritage Committee session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held between 15 and 17 July, at the Convention Center of Istanbul, Turkey. The indication of Pampulha was ratified by the 21 member countries of the committee, by consensus, the Ministry of Culture. With this decision, the set of Pampulha in Belo Horizonte, becomes the 20th Brazilian property inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Commissioned by the then mayor of Belo Horizonte Juscelino Kubitschek Oscar Niemeyer, the modernist set also featured Roberto Burle Marx, who signs the landscaping, and Candido Portinari, author of the external panel of tiles of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, which is a the main postcards of Minas Gerais, says the ministry.
Also participating in the original project engineer Joaquim Cardozo and artists Paulo Werneck, Alfredo Ceschiatti, August Zamoyski and José Pedrosa. Built in the early years of the 40's, the group anticipates architectural concepts that would be applied years later the construction of Brasilia.

Make up the Modern Set Pampulha the landscape is formed by the integration of the Pampulha Lagoon and its waterfront, Burle gardens Marx, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the former Casino (now Art Museum Pampulha), the Casa do Baile (currently Reference Center for Urbanism, Architecture and Design in Belo Horizonte), the Yacht Golf Club (now Yacht Tennis Club) and Dalva Simon Square (formerly Santa Rosa).
The Ministry of Culture recalls that recognition of Pampulha also brings the commitment of federal, state and municipal to value, preserve and disseminate the heritage of humanity. In a statement, the ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Culture stress that the committee recommends that Brazil restore complex elements, expand the management plan to incorporate the commitments made in the evaluation of the application process, establish a tourism strategy for the area and take steps to improve the pond water quality. "These measures will require joint action by federal, state and municipal governments, in harmony with the local community," said the ministry in a statement.
"UNESCO, recognizing the outstanding universal value of the Pampulha, considered together as a symbol of modern architecture far from constructivism rigidity and adapted organically to local traditions and the Brazilian environmental conditions. This pioneering approach, the result of collaboration between Oscar Niemeyer, Roberto Burle Marx and Candido Portinari, among other great artists, created a new fluid architectural language and integrated with the fine arts, design and landscape ", added the ministry.


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