Fodor's Expert Review Palácio do Itamaraty

Brasilia Government Building
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For the home of the Foreign Ministry, Niemeyer designed a glass-enclosed rectangular structure with a series of elegant arches on the facade. It's widely considered one of his masterpieces. 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.

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Esplanada dos Ministérios
Brasília, Federal District  70170-900, Brazil


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Rate Includes: Guided tours leave on most hrs, but reserve ahead for tours in English

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