Brasilia and the West

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  • 1. Catedral Metropolitana de Nossa Senhora da Aparecida

    Zona Cívico-Administrativa | 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...Read More

  • 2. Museu de Valores

    Asa Sul | Museum/Gallery

    Located on the second floor of the imposing headquarters of Brazil's central bank, this exhibition explores the often turbulent history of the...Read More

  • 3. Palácio da Alvorada

    Zona Cívico-Administrativa | Government Building

    Open to the public on Wednesday afternoon, the president's official residence was Niemeyer's first project in the new capital and is located...Read More

  • 4. Palácio do Itamaraty

    Zona Cívico-Administrativa | Government Building

    For the home of the Foreign Ministry, Niemeyer designed a glass-enclosed rectangular structure with a series of elegant arches on the facade...Read More

  • 5. Balneário Municipal

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    One of the best-value sights in Bonito this municipal baths complex is just 6 km (4 miles) outside town. You can swim with fish in crystalline...Read More

  • 6. Catetinho


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

  • 7. Caverna Aroe Jari


    If you have time, arrange a guided visit to Caverna Aroe Jari, costing about R$45. The cave's name means "home of souls" in the Bororo language...Read More

  • 8. Chapada dos Guimarães


    After navigating the steep and winding MT 251 through breathtaking canyons to reach the top of the mesa, you discover the pretty town of Chapada...Read More

  • 9. Chapada Explorer


    This friendly and efficient travel agency can arrange tours with English-speaking guides to the main sights of the national park and around. ...Read More

  • 10. Chapada Imperial

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    For a taste of the spectacular landscape of the Planalto Central and the cerrado, drive about an hour northwest along the DF001 and the DF220...Read More

  • 11. Congresso Nacional

    Zona Cívico-Administrativa | Government Building

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

  • 12. Eco Turismo Cultural

    Information Center

    This is a popular agency for arranging a tour guide in the park. ...Read More

  • 13. Ermida Dom Bosco

    Lago Sul | 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 a small...Read More

  • 14. Espaço Lúcio Costa

    Zona Cívico-Administrativa | 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. It has...Read More

  • 15. Gruta do Lago Azul


    The 160-foot-deep Gruta do Lago Azul has a crystal clear freshwater lake at the bottom and smaller side caves in the calcareous rock. The best...Read More

  • 16. Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Santana do Sacramento

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This handsome colonial church (circa 1779) has some exceptional gold-plated interior flourishes. ...Read More

  • 17. Mastro da Bandeira

    Zona Cívico-Administrativa | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

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

  • 18. Memorial dos Povos Indígenas

    Zona Cívico-Administrativa | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 19. Memorial JK

    Zona Cívico-Administrativa | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 20. Mercado Municipal


    This covered market is a great place to try sopa paraguaia (Paraguayan soup), which, despite its name, is a corn pie with cheese, onions,...Read More

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