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The beginner's guide to the 27 venues where all the drama of the Rio Olympics will unfold

Published 12/07/2016 | 13:47

Visitors gather beneath the Christ the Redeemer statue as Maracana stadium, site of the Olympic opening ceremonies, stands in the background. July 5 marks the one-month mark to the beginning of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with an economic crisis, political turmoil and Zika virus fears roiling the country. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Visitors gather beneath the Christ the Redeemer statue as Maracana stadium, site of the Olympic opening ceremonies, stands in the background. July 5 marks the one-month mark to the beginning of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with an economic crisis, political turmoil and Zika virus fears roiling the country. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Olympic Games will take place at 27 venues in and around Rio this summer, as well as five football co-host cities in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo.

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Here, we take a look at where the world's top sportsmen and women will seek their place in history.

Maracana - The world-famous stadium will stage decisive matches in the football tournament and the opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium was recently modernised for the 2014 World Cup.

Sambodromo - Traditionally used for samba school parades during carnival, the Sambodromo will host the archery competition and the start and finish of the marathon races.

Olympic Arena - A legacy of the 2007 Pan American Games, the Rio Olympic Arena will be home to artistic and rhythmic gymnastics and the trampoline events.

Olympic Stadium - Another venue built for the Pan American Games, the Olympic Stadium hosts early stages of the football tournament before making way for athletics on the modernised running track.

Pontal - A temporary facility on the coast in Rio's Western Zone which marks the start and finish for the road cycling time trials and race walking.

Riocentro - Various pavilions will host everything from badminton to boxing and table tennis to weightlifting, with a "low-speed air conditioning system" in pavilion four particularly useful for badminton.

Carioca Arena 1 - The home of Olympic basketball was built for the Games and afterwards will be part of the Olympic Training Centre, with facilities for 12 sports.

Youth Arena - Located on Avenida Brasil, one of Rio's busiest streets, the Youth Arena will stage the modern pentathlon's fencing matches and the group stage of the women's basketball.

Beach Volleyball Arena - A temporary structure on Copacabana Beach will host the beach volleyball events, with a centre court for the matches, five training courts and two warm-up courts.

Whitewater Stadium - One of the most complex facilities, the Whitewater Stadium contains 25 million litres of water in its two canoe slalom courses - one for competition measuring 250 metres and another 200-metre training course.

Lagoa Stadium - Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, one of the city's main landmarks, stages the rowing and canoe sprint events.

Olympic BMX Centre - Occupying around 4,000 square metres of the Radical Park, the BMX centre has a dirt track full of ramps and turns.

Mountain Bike Centre - Also part of the Radical Park, the mountain bike track is 5,400 metres long and makes the most of the natural contours of the land.

Fort Copacabana - The starting point for some open-air competitions, including the road cycling, open-water swimming and triathlon. Set at one end of Copacabana Beach, it promises to be one of the most picturesque venues.

Rio Olympic Velodrome - The stage for the track cycling events, the purpose-built facilities will be used as a training centre for high-performance athletes after the Games.

Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre - Named after the first Brazilian woman to participate in the summer Olympics (in Los Angeles in 1932), the aquatics centre will host the diving events, synchronised swimming and water polo.

Olympic Equestrian Centre - Another legacy of the Pan American Games, the equestrian centre was modernised and expanded for the Games and contains the jumping and eventing arena, cross-country course and horse and trainer accommodation.

Carioca Arena 2 - The home for wrestling and judo will become a permanent training centre for a variety of sports after the Games.

Carioca Arena 3 - Home of the taekwondo and fencing competitions, the venue will become a specialist sports school with capacity for 850 full-time students.

Olympic Golf Course - Built for the Games on reclaimed land, the course was designed by renowned architect Gil Hanse and opens to the public after the event.

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Future Arena - Home to the handball tournament, the Future Arena is a temporary structure which will be dismantled after the Games and used in the construction of four state schools in the city.

Olympic Hockey Centre - Renovated after the Pan American Games, the hockey centre has two artificial pitches, changing rooms, stands and an administration area. After the Games it will be used by the Brazilian team.

Deodoro Aquatics Centre - The venue for the swimming discipline in the modern pentathlon features a renovated outdoor pool and temporary seating for spectators.

Deodoro Stadium - Built around an existing polo field, the temporary Deodoro Stadium will host the rugby tournament and the equestrian and combined running and shooting sections of the modern pentathlon.

Marina da Gloria - The base for the sailing competitions taking place in the waters of Guanabara Bay includes a new roof, event areas and a temporary pier for spectators.

Olympic Tennis Centre - Some of the centre's 16 courts are temporary, but the centre court and its facilities are permanent and will be one of the biggest sporting legacies of the Games.

Maracanazinho - Volleyball's traditional home in Brazil features one renovated training court and a temporary one created for the Games.

Amazonia Arena - Built for the 2014 World Cup, the stadium in Manaus will host six matches in the group stages of the football tournaments. The city is in the Amazon rainforest and the stadium's shape is inspired by an indigenous basket of exotic fruit.

Corinthians Arena - Also constructed for the World Cup, the home of Corinthians is in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city. The arena will host group and quarter-final matches plus a men's semi-final and the women's bronze medal game.

Fonte Nova Arena - Built in 1951 and renovated for the World Cup, the stadium in Salvador will host eight group-stage matches and two quarter-finals (one men's and one women's).

Mane Garrincha Stadium - The national capital of Brasilia hosts eight group-stage matches, including the opener in the men's event, as well as two quarter-finals.

Mineirao - Situated in Belo Horizonte, the Mineirao will host six group games, two quarter-finals, a women's semi-final and the men's third-place play-off.

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