"Here it is the capital of Brazil! "  

The construction of Brasília began in 1956, and the city was inaugurated on April 21, 1960 by President Juscelino Kubitschek. Its project was drawn by Lúcio Costa, and the main buildings by Oscar Niemeyer. 

"There are several works of art of Niemayer! "  

Planned for only 500.000 inhabitants, Brasília saw its population grow a lot over the expected. The part corresponding to the original plan became the "Pilot Plan", while successive satellite cities were created along the years to accommodate the extra population. The total population of Brasília (including the satellite cities) is now of more than 2 million inhabitants, being the Federal District composed by 23 administrative areas.  

Brasília was registered in 1987 as Historical and Cultural Humanity Patrimony. However, Brasília is much more than a historical patrimony or an architectural mark. It is an alive and unique city, a city loved by most of their inhabitants, a city that is really worthwhile to visit! 

"This is where our president works."  

Tourist points: 

Cathedral - drawn by Oscar Niemeyer. In 1989 a white painting covered the apparent concrete, and the colorless glasses were substituted by stained glass windows in white, green and blue, by Antônia Marianne Peretti; 

Santuário Dom Bosco (Dom Bosco Shrine) 

Igreja Nossa Senhora de Fátima (Nossa Senhora de Fátima Church) (known as 'Chapel'); 

Templo Ecumênico da Legião da Boa Vontade (Ecumenical temple of Charity Legion) The interior of the temple has countless interesting places to be seen, as for instance this mandala.  

"It's a wide city"  

Praça dos Três Poderes (Square of the Three Powers) - around of which one can see several of the most important government buildings - the National Congress, Palácio do Planalto (Plateau Palace), and the Federal Supreme court - besides several monuments (as the Freedom Pantheon and the Flag's Mast ). Espaço Lúcio Costa (Lúcio Costa Area) is also located at the Square, where one can watch observe a great model of the Pilot Plan; 

Palácio da Alvorada (Palace of Dawn) is the President official residence; 

Catetinho - first presidential residence of the city - it was built in only 10 days and inaugurated in 10/31/56;  

Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro (Cláudio Santoro National Theater) in form of truncated pyramid;

"That place must be cool! "  

JK (Juscelino Kubischek) Memorial  

Stained glass windows in the headquarters of CEF (Caixa Econômica Federal) - 26 stained glasses, each one representing one of our states;  

Parque da Cidade (City Park) 

Jardim Botânico (Botanical garden) 


Parque Nacinal de Brasília (Brasília National Park).  

"Even ETs visited Brasília."  

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1. The best time to visit it, is in from the second half of April to the first half of June. I

2. The worst time to visit it is during August and beginning of September.

3. Brasília is almost empty on Sundays.  

4. Almost nobody goes by foot in the city. Don't count on bus nor subway. The public transportation is inefficient.  Get a car or take a taxi. 

5. Some of the main leisure activities are to go to bars, to shopping centers and movies. 

7. Walk by the City Park, in the afternoon. 

8. Visit Feira da torre (Tower Fair), on one Sunday afternoon.   

9. Everything is distant.  

10. On the TV tower you have an excellent panoramic view of the city. It is Brasília's Eiffel Tower  

11. If somebody step on the pedestrian's lane, to cross the street, brake and let the pedestrian pass. There are no traffic lights there.

12." If possible you should stay in one of the satelite cities(eg. Taguatinga), rather than the city centre which empties when everyone finishes work. They are buzzing with activity day & night. Also you'll get a feel for what Brasilia is really like-the locals love to entertain visitors."tip from ray sutton

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