YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE BRASILIA
Prosperous and artistic, Brasilia is today designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its modern architectural style and progressive urban planning. The city's futuristic vibe and perfect order appeals to travelers, as does the color and culture to be found in every part of town.
WHAT TO DO IN BRASILIA
1. SQUARE OF THE THREE POWERS: EXERCISE YOUR CIVIC DUTY
The role of governments around the world has always been to evoke a sense of order, justice, and peace among their citizens. The three statues located in the Square of the Three Powers reflect this mission, and were erected as a symbolic partnership between the three branches of Brazilian government. The area has since become a bit of a tourist attraction due to its close proximity to other downtown Brasilia landmarks. Here locals and visitors can gather together at sunset for music performances, cultural celebrations, and other political events.
2. METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL: EXPERIENCE THE DIVINE
Brazil's deep ties to the Roman Catholic church can be felt in the myriad of cathedrals scattered throughout the country. The Metropolitan Cathedral in Brasilia is one of the finest in all of Brazil and acts as the official jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Brasilia. The cathedral was completed in 1970 based on designs by Oscar Niemeyer, who is credited for modernizing much of Brazil's public architecture. The most unique feature of the cathedral's design however is the choice to install a glass roof, thereby blurring the lines between heaven and earth in this spiritual gathering place.
3. PLANALTO PALACE: VISIT THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT
The Planalto Palace is the official residence of the Brazilian President and acts on behalf of the executive branch of government. The palace was renovated in 2011 with a modern stark-white facade and expansively calm pool giving the building a commanding aesthetic of authority. The Palace is perfectly situated between the National Congress, Supreme Federal Court, and the iconic Three Powers Plaza as the centralized governing area in Brazil. Take note that since the Palace is first and foremost a government building, visitors are limited to guided tours only on Sunday afternoons.
4. MUSEUM OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE: EXPLORE THE HISTORY
Come and learn about the cultural traditions and history of the ancient people of Brazil in the center of bustling Brasilia. The museum was originally intended to be a modern art gallery, but through the hard work and perseverance of the local population the building was instead converted into a kind of ethnography museum. Here you can find pottery, handmade baskets, and tools used by the Native people of Brazil. You can even enjoy hearing stories straight from the source itself with a locally guided tour through the Museum of Indigenous People's many exhibits.