Brasilia and the West Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Brasilia and the West - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Catedral Metropolitana de Nossa Senhora da Aparecida

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The city's cathedral, considered one of Niemeyer's masterpieces, was finished in 1967. From outside, what is visible is a circular structure...


  • Building/Architectural Site

While the new capital was being built, the president's temporary quarters was called the Catetinho, meaning a smaller version of the...

Chapada Imperial

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For a taste of the spectacular landscape of the Planalto Central and the cerrado, drive about an hour northwest along the DF001 and the...

Congresso Nacional

  • Building/Architectural Site

One of Niemeyer's most daring projects consists of two 28-story office towers for the 500 representatives of the Câmara dos Deputados...

Ermida Dom Bosco

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

To view the best sunset in town, head to the Ermida Dom Bosco, in a peaceful setting by the southern shores of Lake Paranoá. There's...

Espaço Lúcio Costa

  • Building/Architectural Site

As a tribute to the urban planner who masterminded Brasília, this underground complex was added to the plaza and inaugurated in 1992.

Mastro da Bandeira

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This 300-foot steel flagpole supporting a 242-square-foot Brazilian flag is the only element of Praça dos Três Poderes not designed...

Memorial JK

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This Niemeyer structure is a truncated pyramid and has a function similar to its Egyptian counterpart: it's the final resting place of...

Memorial dos Povos Indígenas

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Another Niemeyer project, this cylindrical structure was inspired by the huts built by the Yanomami people. A spiraling ramp leads to...

Museu Nacional

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After more than 40 years in the planning stages, the National Museum opened in late 2006, on architect Oscar Niemeyer's 99th birthday.