Destination guide: Brasilia, Brazil
Brasilia is the capital of Brazil and is right in the middle of country that is home to Rio de Janeiro. You can experience all of Brazilian culture here and move to the rhythm of samba, capoeira and bossa nova. Purchase your flights at LAN.com and get ready to discover its futuristic architecture and the magic of football, which turns everything green and yellow.
In Brasilia, you can also witness colorful carnivals and take a tour to the mysterious Amazon rainforest.
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Brasilia - Things to do
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
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
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
Telephone Number: +55 61 3411 2317
Opening Hours: 09:30-14:30 Sun
Address: Praça dos Trés Poderes, Setor de Embaixadas Sul