It is famous for its natural settings, its Carnival celebrations, samba and other music, and hotel-lined tourist beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, paved with decorated black and cream swirl pattern mosaics known locally as "pedra portuguesa".
it was found on january 1st, 1502 by portuguese navigators.this means river of january....it is a famous city of brazil and used to be its capital for two centuries.....
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Rio de Janeiro ("River of January"), is the second major city of Brazil, behind So Paulo. The city is capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro. It was the capital of Brazil for almost two centuriesfrom 1763 to 1822 while it was a Portuguese colony and from 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. It was the de facto capital of the Portuguese Empire from 1808 to 1821. Commonly known as just Rio, the city is also nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa "The Marvelous City."