Recognition of Culture

Cities and Regions

Odebrecht sponsors a collection of books featuring the characteristics of the cities and regions found in Brazil and abroad. Through these works, readers can discover more about the unique characteristics of places like Fernando de Noronha Island and Vale do São Francisco, as well as the wealth of cosmopolitan municipalities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre. 

The publications also unveil the history and beauties of countries like the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Venezuela.

The following is the archive sponsored by the Group:

2nd Bridge over the Orinoco River – Making the Dream of Venezuelan Integration Come True

II Puente Sobre El Río Orinoco - Realizando un sueño de intergación venezuelana was written by Jesús Sanoja Hernández. The publication describes the experience of building the second bridge over the Orinoco River and its Roadway System, a project in which Odebrecht participated. Sponsored by Odebrecht and launched in 2007, the book demonstrates the venture’s importance in Venezuelan history.


Arequipa is generally called the “white city" due to the presence of the Misti Volcano, eternally covered with snow. The Peruvian region has earned a name for the wealth of its topography, its civil and religious architecture and the abundance of its rock paintings.

A bilingual publication (Spanish / Portuguese) launched in 1988 and based on the project of José Antonio de Lavalle, Arequipa features 394 images. The work documents the region’s cultural, historic and artistic archive. Of special importance are the Santa Catarina Convent – home to over 400 canvases – and the photography record of the volcanoes and rock drawings (popularly known as petroglyphs) by Billy Hare.

The text is by journalist, writer and politician Patrício Ricketts Rey de Castro, Peruvian Minister of Work and Education during the 1983-84 period during the government of president Belaúnde Terry. The introduction was written by former Peruvian president, José Luis Bustamante y Rivero.

Belo Horizonte – The City Unveiled

An anthology of articles, testimonials and images, Belo Horizonte – A Cidade Revelada presents the history of this city specially planned by architect Aarão Reis. Belo Horizonte was inaugurated in 1897 as the new capital of Minas Gerais.

Published in two languages (Portuguese / English) in 1989, Belo Horizonte – A Cidade Revelada was elaborated based on the extensive research by historians Newton Silva and Antônio Augusto D’Aguiar. The work presents a rich and dynamic background on the interweaving of human relations found in that metropolis.

Brazil – The Coast

The sea was a crucial factor in the saga of Brazil's colonization and settlement. Our coast, which extends some 9,200 kilometers – nearly all of which is easily accessible – led to a predominantly coastal occupation, which only later would spread into the rural regions.

Brasil – A Costa presents a detailed description of this extensive coast, from Cape Orange in Amapá, to Arroio Chuí in Rio Grande do Sul. Through texts and vast iconography – formed by photos, paintings, maps and documents –, the book shows a wide variety of low-lying coasts, mangroves, Neolithic formations, bays, reefs and coastal lakes.

Launched in 1983, the trilingual publication (Portuguese / English / French) gathered the research of Wagner Monteiro, text of Vilmar Berna, photos of Leandro Sangoi and Pedro Oswaldo Cruz and illustrations of Oswaldo Ulhoa. The book presents a preface by then Minister of the Navy, Admiral Maximiano da Fonseca.

City of São Sebastião, State of Rio de Janeiro

German aristocrat Karl Robert Barton von Planitz (1804-1847) lived in Brazil starting in 1833. Until the end of his life, he sought to record the nature of these tropical lands in his drawings.

Cidade de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro reproduces eight of von Planitz’s lithographs in sepia. The topic is the natural beauties of the region that so enchanted the artist at the start of the 19th century.

Published in 1985, the book features the iconographic research and bilingual text (Portuguese / English) of Paulo Berger, in addition to an introduction by painter Mário Barata.