Capital of Brazil
The Modern City of Brasilia

Let us visit Brasilia de Capital of Brazil was inaugurated in 1960 in the center of the country by then President Juscelino Kubitschek. It was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa.

In the 1950’s the government of Brazil decided to build the Capital in the center of the country and move the offices from Rio de Janeiro, the capital for many centuries.

Brasilia was planned under the leadership of then President Juscelino Kubitschek. It was finally inaugurated in 1960. Today it is listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Beautiful City of Brasilia

The Beautiful City of Brasilia

A well-Planned Capital City

The original planned city is home to 400,000 inhabitants and the satellite cities at distances that range about 40 km are home to the remainder of the 2.2 million that makes the population of the immense Capital of Brazil.

If you look at Brasilia from the air it looks like a plane or bird and the planning was around the “fuselage” of the plane and stretching in different directions. After many architects presented their projects, the President elected the world-famous Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa to concentrate the efforts of such a huge enterprise.

Banco do Brasil Cultural Center in Brasilia

Banco do Brasil Cultural Center in Brasilia

This building was designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1993 and is located next to the famous JK Bridge. It was originally meant for a Center of training of the Banco do Brasil.

It includes a theater, galleries for exhibitions, a modern and well-equipped cinema. It has amazing landscapes in perfect harmony with the modern buildings and the whole concept of Brasilia.

Lavish interior of Santuario Dom Bosco in Brasilia

Lavish interior of Santuario Dom Bosco in Brasilia

In the late 19th century an Italian saint dreamed of a utopian city that was going to be built in the new world. His vision was a major inspiration in the building of the Capital of Brazil and therefore honored with this sanctuary in the place where he foresaw the building of such capital.

The outside is not so impressive but once inside you’ll be surprised by the blue light covering the whole placed, due to the blue glasses of the windows.

There are two huge statues of Dom Bosco and Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora (Our Lady of Help) made of marble, an impressive altar made also of marble and a huge Crucifix made out of one piece of Cedar wood by Gotfredo Tralli.

Capital of Brazil

Awesome building of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia

Awesome building of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia

The Catedral Metropolitana is another important spot when visiting the capital of Brazil. It is an architecturally rich building with 16 huge columns representing the crown thorns of Jesus Christ.

In the interior you’ll see for sculptures suspended in the air. They are about 3 meters high each and represent four angels floating.

Brasilia City Park the

Brasilia City Park the "Lungs" of a big city

This park in the center of the capital is slightly bigger than New York’s Central Park and consists of the necessary green areas needed as the “lungs” of the city.

Many sports events take place here, besides hosting a swimming pool. It is popular with joggers because its many jogging trails. Here you’ll find many families hosting their barbeques.

Three Powers Square in Brasilia

Three Powers Square in Brasilia

Three Powers Square or Praca dos Tres Poderes in Portuguese is perhaps the most known landmark in Brasilia. It hosts the Judiciary, legislative and executive powers.

Paranoa Lake

This is a manmade lake on the eastern side of the city. It is surrounded many attractions, restaurants and bars. It is also home to the Olympic Center and palace of the Dawn. 

Itamaraty Palace

It is the home of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is a massive and radiant building built by Niemeyer. It has a water garden with many tropical plants.

Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial

Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial

This is where the remains of the former President rest. It is a granite tomb with only the words O FUNDADOR, meaning the founder.

Congresso Nacional do Brasil

It is located on the Monumental Axis, the main avenue of Brasilia it is the seat of the National Congress since 1960. It is a World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

Palacio do Planalto

Palacio do Planalto

If you like modern architecture this is a place to visit. It is home to the President’s office. The tour of the premises is available only on Sundays

JK Bridge

Was created by Alexander Chan it is one of the highlights of Brasilia. Three arcs support the bridge. This bridge can be walked or driven with your car.

The Capital of Brazil welcomes you with open arms. Brasilia is far from Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, but it is worth a visit.

Map of Brasil showing the location of Brasilia

Map of Brasil showing the location of Brasilia

For more information visit Brazil Tourism Official Website

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cathedral by victor soares
memorial kubichek by cayambe
planalto by annemariebr

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