Rio de Janeiro - cidade maravilhosa
It is indeed the cidade maravilhosa, although urban pressure has transformed it a bit. In 1975, the states of Guanabara and Rio de Janeiro were merged under the name of Rio de Janeiro, with its namesake as the state capital. The symbols of the former Rio de Janeiro state were preserved, while the symbols of Guanabara were curiously kept by the city of Rio de Janeiro. It should be noted that European presence in Rio de Janeiro is as old as Brazil itself, dating back to 1502 under this same name.