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.

  • Brasilia - Things to do


    Catedral Metropolitana

    With its 16 curved columns and its wavy stained-glass interior, the Catedral Metropolitana is heavenly viewing. At the entrance are the haunting Four Disciples statues carved by Ceschiatti, who also made the aluminum angels hanging inside. Visitors who bemoaned the number of broken stained-glass panels will be glad to hear that they were undergoing a thorough repair at the time of research.

    Latitude: -15.7982310051915 / Longitude: -47.8755319118500
    Sub-Type: Architecture
    Telephone Number: +55 61 3224 4073
    Opening Hours: 8am-6pm
    Pricing: admission free
    Extras: Esplanada dos Ministérios, Asa Sul
    Transportation Type: underground rail
    Details: Estacão Galeria dos Estados

    Església de Santa Maria del Mar

    Brasília’s most important contemporary museum, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is in a giant building in the South Sports Club Sector. It houses fascinating exhibitions in two galleries, an indie cinema, a café and a bookstore. The monthly cultural program is posted online at twitter.com/CCBB_DF (in Portuguese). There is a free bus every 90 minutes (from 11am to 11pm) that runs along the Eixo Monumental (look for the painted bus that says CCBB).

    Latitude: -15.7967031111722 / Longitude: -47.8787398338318
    Sub-Type: Entertainment
    Telephone Number: +55 61 3310 7087
    Opening Hours: 9am-9pm Tue-Sun
    Pricing: admission to exhibitions free
     Address: SCES, Trecho 2, Conjunto 22

    Palácio do Planalto

    The president's office, the Palácio do Planalto, is another Niemeyer design that's worth seeing, both inside and out. From the curved lines of the exterior to the lustrous columns and sweeping curved ramp inside, it's one of the best examples of architectural Modernism in the world. On the tour, which is only available on Sundays, you can even peek into the President's office.

    There is a ceremonial changing of the guards outside the gates every hour on weekends and every two hours during the week.

    Latitude: -15.7992633594894 / Longitude: -47.8608870506287
    Sub-Type: Palace
    Telephone Number: +55 61 3411 2317
    Opening Hours: 09:30-14:30 Sun
    Address: Praça dos Trés Poderes, Setor de Embaixadas Sul