Top Attractions in Brasilia
Top Attractions in Brasilia
A masterpiece planned in the centre of the country, Brasilia stands as the only planned capital in the world and a stellar monument to a national initiative. The capital city of Brazil is like a living museum with a millennial design that portrays the image of an airplane or a bird from the air. Artistically planned by the world acclaimed architect Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, you will see that every element of the architectural landmarks emphasized by the Monumental Axis (Eixo Monumental) is in harmony with the layout of the city. The ‘Capital of Hope’ as it is addressed, Brasilia has earned its prestigious designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hidden behind a futuristic facade, the city is all for the explorers during the day while after sundown, Brasilia transforms itself into a powerhouse for the foodies and night owls. It also hosts various standout festivals like the Cinema Festival and the Porão do Rock. From impressive monuments like the landmark Presidential Palace, the sky-soaring TV Tower and the dazzling the Catedral Metropolitana for an architecture buff to the stunning natural sights like the man-made Paranoá Lake and city parks for a nature lover, this city is known to offer an unarguably unique travel experience.
Serving as a seat to Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the city, the metropolitan cathedral was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, an award winning architect of Brazil. This stunning hyperboloid structure was made by assembling 16 identical concrete columns and has 4 bronze sculptures at the entrance that represents the evangelists. The nave of the church displays 3 sculptures of angels in different sizes suspended from the ceiling by steel cables. The interiors of the church boast of stunning glasswork and the crypt has a reproduction of the Shroud of Turin. All in all, this cathedral is one of the most beautiful places of Brasilia and should not be missed.
Praca dos Tres Poderes:
Praca dos Tres Poderes is a Civic Space integrating the 3 main headquarters of powers of the Brazilian Government and is the main reason the city exists today. The Executive headquarter is represented by the President’s Office, Legislative headquarter is represented by the National Congress and the Supreme headquarter is represented by the Supreme Federal Court.
Parque da Cidade:
Undoubtedly the largest recreational area in the city, this 420-hectare of verdant urban space has been a popular sports hub and a picnic spot for families. Home to numerous paved fields, this outdoor leisure area in the city offers various equipment for practicing recreational activities and sports like running, horse riding and cycling, to name a few. The Ana Lydia playground in the park is a treat for every child. The park houses the largest exhibition area in the city and also hosts various cultural events. You can also try the traditional dishes sold in the park at various food kiosks.
Built in the honor of the beloved leader of the city, President Juscelino Kubitschek, Memorial JK sits on one of the highest points of the city. Housing the personal items of the president including medals, presidential ribbon and other pieces that narrate his story, the museum also has a burial chamber with the remains of the president. One of the major attractions of the memorial is the auditorium that is used for events and performances with an image panel in the background replaying the political track of JK.
Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre:
Inaugurated in 2000, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil or CCBB is the third most visited cultural center in the country and among the top 100 visited museums in the world dedicated to art. Designed by the renowned architect, Alba Rabelo Cunha, CCBB focuses on various artistic activities like cinema, exhibitions, dance, theatre, music and literature. The building also hosts various cultural events and performances that help in propagating the Brazilian culture. The weekends are booked for the garden as it features permanent sculptures made by Darlan Rosa and becomes a venue for free musical events.
Fundação Jardim Zoológico de Brasília:
Opened in 1957, this 139-hectare wide urban space is home to native Brazilian fauna and other species of exotic wildlife from all over the world. The zoo boasts of an artificial pond, a 12-hectare area solely for producing animal feed, Taxidermy Museum, a campground, a playground for kids, snack bars and various walking trails and houses around 185 species of mammals and reptiles.
Torre De Televisao (TV Tower):
The fourth tallest building of the country, the digital TV Tower is about 224-meters high and is one of the most sought-after attractions in the city. Located in the heart of Brasilia, the observation deck of this tower gives you a splendid overview of the city and is worth a capture. So make sure you keep your cameras handy.
Lago Paranoa is a planned lake that was built in the year 1959. A remarkable touristic attraction, it is one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. You can participate in various nautical sports here, like stand-up paddling and kayaking, or just enjoy the scenic view of the sky meeting the water while the wind sings. It is a perfect spot for an invigorating sundowner while snacking at the lakeside restaurants. The lake is also home to some Brazilian fauna like crocodiles, turtles, Cotiarinha snakes and otters.
The official seat of the President of the country, Planalto Palace is one of the prime buildings to be built in Brasilia and is located at the dominating Three Powers Plaza. The inauguration of the palace in 1960 marks the recognition of the city and symbolizes the transfer of capital in the history of the country. Designed by the well-known architect, Oscar Niemeyer, the structure of the palace attracts the crowd due to the power of its evenly-aligned horizontal strokes giving it a plastic effect.
Santuário Dom Bosco:
A vision made reality by architect Claudio Naves, the Dom Bosco sanctuary is a work of light, illuminating the shrine with different shades of blue filtering through the windows that cover almost the entire wall. Though the exterior may seem like a fairly boring concrete work of art, the interiors boast of being a stunning space of Gothic architecture made up of stained glass bathed in 12 blends of blue with white dots. However, the charm of the shrine lies in the huge golden Chandelier made up of 7,400 tiny pieces of Murano glass hanging from the ceiling in the middle. Visit the church when the sun goes down and experience the remarkable feeling of being under a starlit sky.