It was late, on 7 March 2011. I had just arrived after a short flight from Salvador. My hotel was situated near the source of the large Ministries huge. I met some friends, Brazilians, and then started to tour the beautiful monuments. They looked like there were from another world
In the new capital of Brazil (Brasilia), inaugurated in 1960, the Legislature won a new venue, the House of Congress. The author of the project, Oscar Niemeyer, defined its architectural design as "Architecture is not simply a matter of engineering, but a manifestation of the spirit, imagination and poetry." At the House of Congress, for example, the construction will be realized in accordance with the following criterion: the advantage of architecture and urbanism, volumes, opportune spaces and visual perspectives, and above all, the intention of making it monumental, with the simplification of elements and the adoption of clean technologies and geometric shapes. The entire project of constructing the House, and the use of local conformation, was executed in order to create an esplanade flanking the avenues and a monumental complex in which hierarchy should be characterized.
Brasilia is full of unique and beautiful things to see. It truly is a photographer's paradise where it seems that architects are required to give their best to blend with the works of Niemeyer. Whoever designed this church certainly succeeded. It's hard not to get overwhelmed by so much plain and simple beauty.
A pretty gray sky and intermittent rain accompanied us that morning on our visit to one of the places you must see in Brasilia. The JF Memorial was built in 1981 by Oscar Niemeyer, who was one of the architects who created this city. He built this monument to house the remains of which was one of the most beloved presidents brazilian, JUSCELI Kubistchek. JK was born in Diamantina un September 12, 1902. After several political positions, was sworn in as President of Brazil on January 31, 1956. Apart from creating the capital of Brasilia in this country, during his presidency there were numerous civil construction works that were carried out. His presidency lasted until January 31, 1961, which is the date his successor and political opponent Jânio Quadros was sworn in. According to the official version given by the then military government, JK was killed in a traffic accident in Resende on August 28, 1976. People were concerned that if his death had been anything other than a traffic accident there would be serious repercussions. If building outside and imposes by its size, the interior impresses. Pale, light blue reflections appear in the pinkish red light that illuminates the grave and gives the place a feeling of being in another world.
The TV Tower Brasilia, apart from being a television transmission tower, has a free panoramic viepoint 75 metres high. You can enjoy a 360 degree view of the city. At 224 metres, the tower is the second highest structure in Brasilia. It is one of the few important buildings in the capital that was not designed by Niemeyer, instead being the work of Lucio Costa. Unless you go by car, getting there can be complicated - this isn't a city designed for pedestrians.
The museum is a spherical structure that presents exhibitions of modern art, photography and sculpture. It's free, and is close to other attractions in Brasilia, like the beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Claudio Santoro National Theatre. The museum offers fine art exhibitions in a modern, beautiful building, with a breathtaking view of Brasilia.
The Ministry of Tourism of the Federal District has provided a list of the most visited monuments in the capital, and top of the list is the Temple of Good Will (TBV). Since its opening in October 1989, this place has become a must for visitors to the city. It's a place of reflection, providing people - regardless of their beliefs - a place of peace where they can pray or meditate freely. The monument is open to the public 24 hours every day.
Pontão do Lago Sul is home to the five best restaurants in all of ultra-modern Brasilia. Aside from the good restaurants, it's also nice place to go for a stroll along the piers while enjoying the sunset over Lake Paranoa.
This is a triangular square that is popularly known as the "Crystal Square", referring to the minerals found in the region. It was designed by the artist Roberto Burle Marx, but was forgotten for nearly twenty years before being completely abandoned. In 2009, it was restored. Here you can see the headquatters of the army, and the Teatro Pedro Calmon with permanent exhibition on the history of the army (with old photos, materials, uniforms ...). To visit the barracks you have to organize the visit in advance. Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 to 17h.
What comes to mind when you think of Brasilia? The great architecture ... politics ... corruption ... ministries ... okay, now forget all this and imagine yourself immersed in a pool of blue water, surrounded by beautiful native vegetation. This place really exists, and can be found right in the middle of the capital. It's called Mineral Water, and it's a refuge for Brazilians who want to escape the stress of everyday life and get in touch with nature, without leaving the city. The National Park of Brasilia covers more than 30,000 hectares, with two pools and tracks. You can take a walk, discovering the native plants, see the multicoloured flowers and hear the birds singing. Inside there are bathrooms and some kiosks. Hours: every day from 8-16 h (avoid going on weekends as it gets very busy). Admission: R $ 6
The first church in Brasilia. Yes, also by Niemeyer. Must be seen. It is very tiny, more like a chapel, but it is beautiful - and in one of the super blocks, where you'll find an urban complex of houses, shops, leisure facilities ... really worth a visit.
When thinking about stuff to do in Brasilia, the Monumental Axis (comparable to the National Mall in Washington, DC) comes to mind. This monumental area is one of the most famous places to visit in Brasilia and is based around the Praça dos Três Poderes where the Planalto Palace, seat of the executive branch, the Congress, and the Federal Court are all located.
Without leaving the Monumental Axis, you'll find plenty of other essential things to see in Brasilia. The capital of Brazil has an excellent network of museums, such as the Pantheon of Fatherland and Freedom, the JK Memorial, and Cultural Complex of the Republic, which houses the Honestino Guimarães National Museum and the Leonel de Moura Brizola National Library.
One of the best attractions in Brasilia is the Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida, commonly known as Brasilia Cathedral. Built in 1970, its amazing structure is formed by 16 concrete columns weighing 90 tons.
Other things to do in Brasilia include visiting the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge (also known as the Bridge JK) and Alvorada Palace, official residence of the President. Finally, one of the most popular Brasilia activities among local people is visiting Paranoá Lake, a haven for windsurfing and wake-boarding. This large artificial lake also houses the marina of the city, the second largest marina in Brazil. Still wondering what to do in Brasilia? Have a look at these reviews from real travelers and discover all the best Brasilia attractions.