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History and Overview

My city is very interesting, for its history, its meaning, its concept and its purpose. The city, unfortunatelly, is regarded as a tourist attraction dedicated only to architecture afficionados. This is a mistake, in my opinion. The tourism is not very well developed in this area, people sometimes leave the city thinking that everything could be visited in a couple of hours and that, for the general public, it is not really worthwhile the visit. My intention, with this page, is to present the interesting places and things that can be done here, so that you can enjoy your stay and have an opinion based not only in a superficial visit. Have in mind that it is not a typical Brazilian city. Actually, it's not a typical city at all.

Since the time when Brazil stopped being an Empire, there was the intention to move the capital city to inner Brazil to promote the occupancy of Brazilian Highlands. In 1956, the then president Juscelino Kubitschek started building the capital and in 21st April of 1960 it was inaugurated.

In order to build Brasilia, there was a contest in which Urbanists should present their plans for the city. The winner was Lúcio Costa. In his original plan, two main axis that formed a cross were the basis for the city. Brasilia actually has the shape of an airplane, the South and North Wings (Asa Sul e Asa Norte) are the residential areas and the Pilot Cockpit is where the Government buildings are located.

Brasilia is very organized: there are residential sectors, industrial sectors, even, commercial sectors, hospital sectors...it's not very practical, though. Because of this, Brasília is often refered as a city made for cars, rather than for people.

It's a very young city and different. Its intention was to gather people from all over the country. The name Brasilia comes from Latin: it is the plural for Brazil, therefore, Brasilia is where all Brazilians meet and mix. Its airport is one of the busiest ones of the country, even though there are no direct international flights departing or arriving here.

Brasilia is famous for its architecture. Most of it is due to Oscar Niemeyer, a very well-respected Brazilian architect.


1) Since 1987, Brasilia is listed in UNESCO's Mankind's World Heritage Site. It's the largest urban area covered by this list. Since I work at the Secretariat of Urban Development of Brasilia, I can say that it is not a good thing for some reasons:
- Almost nothing can be changed or 'upgraded'. In the Urban part of the city (Plano Piloto), the buildings in the residential area can't have more than 6 floors, the streets can't be turned wider, the metro can't be a surface one and the areas for building are reduced. Being listed as a World Heritage Site impeaches the city to develop the same way any other city in the world would.
The good side of it is that the city is listed as a World Heritage Site. It's a very limitating condition, but I must admit that makes us very proud.

2) Dom Bosco was an Italian priest that in the year of 1883 had a dream about a futuristic city located where Brasilia is today. He even made some drawings of the buildings he saw in this dream that do match the ones that are present in the city. the buildings were not possible in the time of his dream. There are many references to Dom Bosco all over the city and he has become the Protector saint of Brasilia.

3) Brasília has an artificial Lake, it's called Lago Paranoá. Its waters are unpolluted, so you can fish and practice sports (although the waters are very dark since there used to be a forest in the area that the lake has covered). Brasilia has the 2nd largest ship fleet of Brazil. There are many events in the lake: there's a (very expensive) floating restaurant you can only arrive by boat, there's a "boat night club" the cruises the lake at night with nice music and many wakeboard, sailing, iron-man and swimming competitions. It's safe to go to the lake (although 3 alligators were found there some time ago! How they ended up there is a mystery).

4) It was supposed to be the site for shooting the film "AEON FLUX", with Charlize Theron, since it was exactly what the producers were looking for: a futuristic place, outstanding architecture and surrounded by the jungle. The film was shot in Berlin, though. There was not enough specialized crew for shooting it here.
I really don't care much about the movie thing, I only regret I missed the opportunity to see Charlize Theron in person!! Maybe we could have met and she could have thought I was a very nice guy, maybe she could even have cared a little about me...MAYBE...we will never know...damned lack of "specialized crew"!

5) The video-clip for the song "Nada Valgo" of the Colombian singer Juanes makes references to the architecture of Brasilia, showing many monuments and buildings. Also making references to the skies of Brasilia, that turn strongly red during the months of July and August. Explanation: the land of Brasilia is red and it becomes very dry during winter months (June, July and August in South hemisphere), the dust rises and during sunset and sunrise, everything is illuminated by a red sun. Very beautiful!

Sorry that not all of the pictures shown here were not taken by me. Brasilia has lots to be seen and I love taking pictures, but I'm a lousy photographer. I'll replace the pictures by the ones I took myself with time.

(I have to admit that I won't be able to replace this Sergio Velho Jr's picture on the right, of the PGR building reflecting the clouds).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Organized, safe, modern. Very different from any other place in Brazil.
  • Cons:Tourism is not as developed as in other places in Brazil, this may lead people not to be able to enjoy all that it has to offer.
  • In a nutshell:Very different from the rest of Brazil. But very interesting too.
  • Intro Updated Oct 30, 2006
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  • Mar 24, 2007 at 5:05 AM

    Generally good advice, but it's not true that only unaware people are victims of robbery. It can happen even if you're well-informed & alert.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2006 at 11:23 AM

    Oi Felipe! Wonderful pictures although not taken from you :) But it doesn't matter at all. I found your information about the place as much interesting. Perhaps you should add some info about Tings to Do, Restaurants and Nightlife :)

  • jonah1's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2006 at 3:04 AM

    Wow seems like a really interesting place!!! LOVE the architecture!!!

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