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Palácio do Itamaraty

Rooftop Garden

Palácio do Itamaraty Review

For the home of the Foreign Ministry, Niemeyer designed a glass-enclosed rectangular structure with a series of elegant arches on the facade. A reflecting pool augments the sense of spaciousness. The building and the water create a perfect backdrop for the Meteoro (Meteor), a round, abstract Carrara-marble sculpture by Brazilian-Italian artist Bruno Giorgi. A guided tour shows a collection of art—including paintings by Brazilian artists like Cândido Portinari—and the impressive tropical gardens by Brazilian landscape designer Burle Marx. Reserve ahead for a tour in English.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Esplanada dos Ministérios, Zona Cívico-Administrativa, Brasília, 70170-900 | Map It
  • Phone: 61/3411–6159
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Weekdays 2–5, weekends 10–3
  • Website:
  • Location: Brasília
Updated: 06-24-2013

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