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    TV tower

    by hekate Updated Aug 4, 2004

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    The TV tower

    The best view in town and it's free! Just take the elevator up to the 72m (240-ft.) high lookout, and there is Brasilia laid out at your feet.

    It is a good starting point for a city tour. You can see all important landmarks from there. Actually, it is one of the few places in Brasili which have a good view.

    Also, a good place for souveniere shopping. One can find everything from badges, toys and T-shirts to shoes and hammocks.

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    Catedral Metropolitana

    by rui_bijie Written Jan 5, 2004

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    Catedral Metropolitana

    The Catedral Metropolitana is one of several buildings designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the 1960s for the Brazilian capital, Brasilia. The cathedral has sixteen curved columns and a stained glass interior. Standing near the entrance are four large statues known as the Four Evangelists. In his architecture, Niemeyer combined modernist techniques and materials with curving lines and free use of form reminiscent of the Brazilian baroque period.

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    Tancredo Neves Memorial

    by NedHopkins Written Nov 24, 2003

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    Pante��o da P��tria

    Built three decades after the inauguration of Brasília, the Panteão em Memória de Tancredo Neves -- also known as the Panteão da Pátria -- pays tribute to the hero who led Brazil's return to democracy after 21 years of military rule.

    Tancredo Neves, among the most revered figures in Brazilian history, was elected president to end the dictatorship -- but died shortly before he was to be inaugurated.

    This shrine includes both religious figures and photographs and other memorabilia of the great man.

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    Museum and JK Tribute

    by NedHopkins Written Nov 24, 2003

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    Museu de Bras��lia

    The Museu de Brasília is on one side of a broad praça, facing the Tancredo Neves Memorial. It contains a small exhibit -- mostly photographs -- documenting the history and construction of Brasília and the Federal District.

    A massive head of Juscelino Kubitshek, the founder of Brasília, protrudes from the museum's façade.

    Kubitshek, president in 1956-61, was outlawed by the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil in 1965-85. He was rehabilitated after the return of democracy and shortly before his death.

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    Foreign Ministry

    by NedHopkins Written Nov 24, 2003
    Pal��cio do Itamaraty

    The beautiful gardens of the Ministério das Relações Exteriores were designed by Brazil's foremost landscape artist, Burle Marx (who worked on the grounds of most of the main buildings).

    The sculpted -- or chiseled -- effect of the building's columns is not evident in this photograph.

    Officially the Palácio dos Arcos, the building is better known as the Palácio do Itamaraty.

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    Presidential Home

    by NedHopkins Written Nov 24, 2003
    Pal��cio da Alvorada

    The president's home is a good distance from the Praça dos Três Podres.

    It is also set well back -- perhaps 200 meters -- from the road. Unlike the Elysée Palace, 10 Downing Street, or the White House, it is not vulnerable to a truck-bomb or to madmen rushing it with weapons.

    Since January 2003 the Palácio da Alvorada has been occupied by President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva -- universally known as 'Lula' -- one of the two or three most popular presidents in Brazilian history.

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    Presidential Office

    by NedHopkins Written Nov 24, 2003
    Pal��cio do Planalto

    Unlike the White House, in which are located both the U S President's office and living quarters, two separate buildings were built for the Brazilian President's life and work.

    This, the Palácio do Planalto, houses the executive offices of the president. It is on the same praça as the Congress and Supreme Court.

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    National Congress

    by NedHopkins Updated Nov 24, 2003
    Congresso Nacional

    The Congress buildings are, with the Cathedral and National Theatre, generally considered Niemayer's masterpieces.

    The dome-shaped structures house the meeting halls of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies; the twin towers are occupied mostly by legislators' offices.

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    Supreme Court

    by NedHopkins Written Nov 24, 2003
    Supremo Tribunal Federal

    Also on the Praça dos Três Poderes (Place of Three Powers) is the Supremo Tribunal Federal.

    Each of the main buildings, including the Supreme Court, has a different look -- each with graceful but distinct curving lines.

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    The Cathedral

    by Groentje Updated Oct 17, 2003
    The Cathedral of Brasilia

    Built by Niemeyer, this was one of the main architectural feats for this wholy designed city. It resembles the one in Rio a wee bit. The thing I liked the most about this splendid cathedral was the light there was inside! So full of light! Must be great to attend mass in it... I cannot even think about my friend going there to get first communion!
    Inside, the decorations are held very minimal for one purpose: full concentration. There's the stained glass, some suspended flying angels, and I believe I saw only one sculpture. Also note the really cute confession boots. The stained glass is in blue, dark blue, blue-ish green and white.
    It made quite an impression on me, although a lot of people might not like it, but that goes for the whole of Brasilia.

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    Helicopter Flight

    by Dikkker Written Sep 22, 2003

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    The Heli

    The "architectural wonder" is not only fascinating from the ground - take a flight with the helicopter service. Tourists can take a 10 minute trip for 120 R$ (=40 $ / 40) for up to 3 persons.

    You will get a flight over all the city, the lake and the suburbs. It's really worth it. And best of all - the pilot speaks english! (not quite normal in Brasilia)

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    Chapada dos Viadeiros

    by psquared Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Preparing to jump...

    Awesome hiking trip! Waterfalls, natural pools for swimming (on hot days). Wear comfortable shoes because you'll do lots of walking. The trail we took, Carioca, was about 2 hours in and 2 hours out. But worth it.

    I stayed in a small town San Jorge near the park entrance. A few nice cheap pousadas to stay and eat at. The town of Alto Paraiso is close by (35 km) and is bigger and more established (i.e. paved roads). Lots of interesting restaurants and shops with a New Age bent. Plenty of crystals to buy.

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    Main sites

    by psquared Written Nov 8, 2002
    Inside the cathedral

    One morning and you can see all of the main sites; The cathedral, the congress and some of the monuments. Unless you are a fan of Brasilian politics and have an aching desire to take the tour of the congressional building, skip it. But the Cathedral is very nice.

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    The Brasilian architect Oscar...

    by lichinga Written Sep 12, 2002

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    The Brasilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is a genius: that is out of discussion! The concept of Brasilia has been a surprising masterpiece, by an artistic point of view.The first obstacle to overtake was to transform the excessively dry climate of the plateau into something bearable by human beings (although everybody claims the dry and hot air remains very unpleasant): a lake has been filled, by building a dam. The arch described by the waters is also the basis for designing the arch, whose arrow is defined by the main avenue (paralleled by the Minitsries and the rest of the most important Public Buildings), and the Presidential Palace (Palacio do Planalto) is the terminating point, accompanied by an enormous Brasilian flag. What was not planned was the fact that 200 m away, just behind a low line of shrubs, a large 'favela' raised. Brasilia is an enormous arrow, which is ready to be launched towards the New Frontier: Amazon rainforest.
    Every space in Brasilia is thought as the best answer to a specific problem: the city itself is perfectly functional.... if only men were machines! There are special areas for Banks, for Shops, for Amusements, for the Embassies, for Residences, but people like to make thing at their own dimension, not just because it is logical. So Brasilia's initial plan has been disrupted by real life.
    The other enormous problem is given by distances. It's impossible - and unuseful - to try to walk in Brasilia, you must have a car, but having a car is not so easy in Brazil (and it would always be arguable by an ecological point of view in any country of the World). So everything is based on public transport - which does not make life easy.

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    Visit the TV tower, go up and...

    by TWINE Written Aug 25, 2002

    Visit the TV tower, go up and enjoy the great view over the city! You can spot all the 'famous' buildings and decide which route you want tot ake to visit them. Personally, I suggest to start from the west with the JK memorial. By going to the east side of the city, you pass the TV tower, Dom Bosco church, the cathedral and the parlament buildings.

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