Brasilia Travel Guide

by our Brazil expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyAlmost uniquely, Brasilia is a city planned as a capital, taking over from Rio in 1960. Built in virgin territory, deliberately in the vast country’s centre on the edge of Amazonia, it had to begin by constructing housing for the workers which was later sold off to become a city feature in its own right. The architecture - led by the renowned Oscar Niemayer - is astounding; from the triumphal Metropolitan Cathedral to the Presidential ‘Dawn Palace’ with its blending of glass, marble and water, it constantly takes the breath away. (Tip - although you can look, sadly you cannot tour.) Other striking ‘architectural sculptures’ include the Congress building and the Juscelino Kubitschek (aka ‘JK’) bridge. Brasilia is a city that you could visit just to admire the buildings, as many do … but offers plenty more with futuristic shopping malls, samba clubs, and some of Brazil’s best restaurants. It’s also a host city for football’s World Cup (2014) and already floral decorations, buildings, and clothing are getting transformed to the legendary yellow/green/blue samba footballers' team colours.

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National Flag: Brazilian Flag
Language(s): Portuguese
Currency: Brazilian real
Dialling Code: +55
Time Zone: GMT
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