Brasilia


Brasilia became the capital of Brazil in 1960, taking over from Rio de Janeiro, and what’s amazing is that prior to 1956 Brasília didn’t even exist. It was a planned city, its basic structure built from the ground up in just four years, with Lúcio Costa as the principal urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as the principal architect.

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The city is located in the Central Highlands of Brazil, and is a masterpiece of modernist architecture. As such, it is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and this alone is sufficient reason for many visitors to make the trip. It has a design that has been likened to a bird or a plane when viewed from the sky.

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There are plenty of museums, art galleries, theatres, festivals and parks, and all that fantastic architecture. Among places of note are the Eixo Monumental, where many important government buildings, monuments and memorials are located; the National Congress Building; the Palácio da Alvorada, official residence of the President of Brazil; the Palácio do Planalto, the official workplace of the President of Brazil; the Complexo Cultural da República, formed by the National Library of Brasília and the National Museum of the Republic; Paranoá Lake, which is a giant artificial lake, with the second largest marina in Brazil, and where wakeboarding and windsurfing take place; Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge; .Praça dos Três Poderes, an important plaza; and the Cathedral of Brasília.

Date posted: 26th June, 2018

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