Ideal duration: 4-5 days
Best Time: May to July for its pleasant weather Read More
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Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, is a planned city known for its modern architecture and artistic urban planning. A result of an ambitious urbanization project, the city was built from scratch in the central highlands of Brazil in 1956 and was inaugurated as the capital in 1960. A landmark in the history of town planning, the city was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987 and is the only 20th century city to be given that status.
The visionary leadership of Brazil's heroic president Juscelino Kubitschek together with the phenomenal works of Brazil's Avant garde architect Oscar Niemeyer, urban planner Lucio Costa and landscape designer Roberto Marx, has painted a magic on Brazilian canvas like no other city in the world. Straight out from a 20th century science fiction movie, Brasilia is known for its innovative architectural masterpieces. A city designed as a symbol of Brazil's determination to become an economic power, Brasilia is intimidating to its visitors and is no less than a pilgrimage for budding architects. With no sort of history before its construction, Brasilia was designed as a whole piece with a strategically devised layout keeping simplicity and functionality in mind. The residential, commercial and government structures are all strictly divided into different zones which makes it easy for tourists to find all highlights concentrated in one area. The buildings are placed on a curving North-South axis known as Eixo Rodoviario and a straight East-West axis called Eixo Monumental, giving it the impression of an airplane or a bird in flight. Brazilians are proud of their utopian capital which has earned the reputation of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage. Niemeyer's soaring structure and Costa's airplane plan designed for only half a million people have now accommodated a population of 2.5 million. Whether you like its buildings or not, the awe inspiring city is a place that will definitely take you by surprise.
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