Brasília, inaugurated as Brazil’s capital in 1960, is a planned city distinguished by its white, modern architecture, chiefly designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Laid out in the shape of an airplane, its “fuselage” is the Monumental Axis, 2 wide avenues flanking a massive park. In the “cockpit” is Praça dos Três Poderes, named for the 3 branches of government surrounding it.
Brasília is the only city in the world built in the 20th century to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO!
Brasília City Tour
Brasília National Stadium (Mané Garrincha)
Second largest stadium in Brazil, it is a multipurpose complex with an area of 1.6 million square meters, ready to host major sporting and cultural events. With a capacity for 71,000 people, the new arena will definitely put Brasília in the scene of major events.
Headquarters of the Federal District Government. Its name is due to a palm tree that is typical of the cerrado, the buriti. In front of the palace there is a copy of the famous sculpture of the Roman Shepherd.
Architectural design by Oscar Niemeyer and landscaping by Burle Marx. It is a set of buildings in sober lines, complemented by a monumental platform – known as the Dome of the Espada de Caxias, by Praça dos Cristais – a set of stone sculptures in the form of rock crystals.
Built to honor and preserve the memory of the Brasilian builder. His remains are deposited in the Mortuary Chamber. The idea came up on the day of JK’s seventh-day mass. Dona Sara Kubitschek was the creator, she then got the land that was donated by the Government and Oscar Niemeyer did the project. Manchete magazine published the model photo every week asking for donations for construction. Opened on September 12, 1981.
Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Aparecida
Its 16 pillars in parabolic shape that resemble the crown of thorns of Jesus, which weigh ninety tons, by far indicate that this is the famous Cathedral of Brasilia. One of the most famous spots in the Capital.
National Congress Palace
Composed of two Towers in the shape of an “H” and its two famous domes, where the plenary of the Chamber and the Senate are housed, Niemeyer’s masterpiece.
Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, known in the past as Palácio dos Arcos – The Palace receives heads of state for large dinners with a presidential banquet.
Palace of Justice
Headquarters of the Ministry of Justice – Famous for having a huge set of pillars and artificial waterfalls.
Three Powers Square – Praça dos Três Poderes
One of the most interesting places to visit. It is not a common square, the environment envelops us in an indescribable aura. Control cabin of the airplane “Brasília” and headquarters of the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary Powers.
Palácio da Alvorada
Palace of the Dawn Oscar Niemeyer’s project, inaugurated on June 30, 1958 and created to be the official residence of the President of the Republic.