Destination guide: Brasilia, Brazil
Brasilia is one of the most important cities in the country. It is the seat of all government, which naturally draws many business travelers to the city.
Other than business, the city holds many festivals throughout the year, complementing the numerous performance venues, art galleries, and museums that visitors can explore. Travel to Brasilia, and you can explore some of the most unique architecture in Brazil.
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Brazil’s futuristic capital is an attempt to create a workable, modern utopia. It’s the result of a long-harnessed Brazilian dream of an inland capital, carved out of nowhere in the 1950s in a spectacular feat of urban planning, architectural design and political prophecy.
The purpose-built city and its surrounding area, known as the Distrito Federal (DF), occupies part of the Brazilian central plateau – the Planalto – with rolling hills and a large artificial lake, Paranoá.
Wide-open, spectacular cerulean skies characterize the whole area, a picturesque backdrop to Brasília’s clean-lined design and marvelous architecture.
For a nation often tipped as the country of the future, Brasília is its revolutionary testament to that end, a living museum lauded the world over for everything from its avant-garde grid of perfectly planned streets to its uberorganized residential apartment and commercial blocks As Brazil’s seat of government, it’s a city of bureaucrats and government workers, all of whom relish the national capital as a ’60s version of a third-millennium city.
It remains the only city in the world constructed in the 20th century to achieve World Cultural Heritage designation by Unesco.
Just over 50 years since its inauguration, Brasília is affluent, well manicured and lively. If you’re interested in modern architecture, you’ll easily spend a few days visiting the city’s impressive buildings and monuments, each day fueled by some of Brazil’s top restaurants and vibrant vida nocturna.
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