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UNESCO declares Uruguay’s Atlántida Church a World Heritage Site

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Tuesday July 27 the UNESCO Heritage Committee in Uruguay confirmed as a World Heritage Site, the Church of Christ the Worker and Our Lady of Lourdes in Uruguay, the greatest work of renowned Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste (1917-2000), located in Atlántida.

The church was built between 1958 and 1960 and is the greatest expression of "reinforced ceramics," a technique developed by Dieste since the 1950s, based on the intelligent use and introduction of forms that can be achieved with bricks and little steel, resulting in large spaces with very low construction costs.

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