15 amazing photos that will make you want to visit Rio de Janeiro

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Brazilian seaside city Rio de Janeiro may have made major news in 2016 for hosting the Olympics, but there's so much more to the city that makes it worth visiting.  

Part of the city has been named a World Heritage Site, and the towering Christ The Redeemer statue is an iconic and immediately recognisable symbol. Every year, the Rio Carnival, New Years celebrations and Rock In Rio festival bring millions of locals and visitors together for explosions of colour, music and partying. And another of Rio's most-loved activities? Football - the city hosted the 2014 World Cup Tournament.

From beaches to nightlife, art and architecture, we pick out some of our favourite photos to illustrate exactly why Rio should be top of your city bucket list...

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Rio is a city filled with culture, history and beautiful views.

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Want your own aerial view? Take a cable car!

Morro Dois Irmaos

The view from Morro Dois Irmaos, shared with friends.

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For seaside lovers, Rio has plenty of coastline to fall in love with.

The beaches are pretty stunning!

Municipal Theatre

The city is teeming with impressive architecture - including the Municipal Theatre...

Metropolitan Cathedral

...the Metropolitan Cathedral...

Candelária church

...and the Candelária church, stunning outside and in.

Selaron Steps

Rio's Escadaria Selarón (Selaron Steps) - the most Insta-worthy steps you'll set eyes on.

Rio De Janeiro beach

Did we mention the beaches?

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If you're lucky enough to be around for Rio Carnival, it's something pretty special.

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If not, don't worry - you can still find colour and character all year round.

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When the sun goes down, you're pretty much guaranteed an epic night out!

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Rio is an incredible city, and a must-visit place if you're heading off to explore South America!

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