Brasilia is the Capital of Brazil and the third most populated city in the country. This city is divided into a number of blocks and each block serves and the sectors for the different activities in the city. Due to numerous architectural and modernist sites in the city, Brasilia was chosen as a World Heritage site due to its artistic planning. By then, it was named as “City of Design” by UNESCO in 2017.

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Here is the list of 15 places architects must visit in Brasilia:

1. Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida

This Roman Catholic cathedral designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1970 is constructed from 90 tons of 16 concrete columns. This cathedral is dedicated to Blessed Virgin Mary. The entry to the cathedral into the open bright space with a glass roof is through the dark tunnel. 10 meters of 16 fiberglasses make its outer roof more attractive to the visitors.

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 2. Palacio dos Arcos, Brasilia

This is the headquarters of the ministry of foreign affairs of Brazil, which is also called by name the “Palace of Arches” which was inaugurated in 1970. It is also known by the name Itamaray Palace, in which the word “Itamaray” means “the river of small stones”.

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3. Memorial dos Povos Indígenas, Brasilia

This memorial is an attractive collection of Brazil’s indigenous people’s culture from the present day to history. This does not only include the record of the pre-colonial culture but also celebrates the living traditions of the people. People can enjoy attractive implements like pottery, weapons, baskets, paddles, and so on.

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4. Santuario Dom Bosco (Sanctuary of Dom Bosco)

This building designed by Architect Vasconcelos Naves is a church of Sao Joao Bosco which is of 40 tall pointed arches framing most of the windows of stained glass in multiple shades of blue, which make up most of the walls of the building. Also, the attractive element which is the chandelier is made of Murano glass with 7000 pieces of it. This church is dedicated to the 19th-century Italian priest.

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5. Torre de TV, Brasilia (Television Tower)

To get an overview of Brasilia city and to get a defined sense of its layout and the planning, this 224-meter-tall Brasilia Tower is an outstanding place to visit. Every Sunday, there is a craft market at the base of the tower, and at 74 meters; there is a deck that is open to the public every day.

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6. Monumento JK, President Kubitschek Memorial

One of the finest works of Oscar Niemeyer is an interesting monument on Praça do Cruzeiro which is the memorial to President Juscelino Kubitschek. This includes the tomb of Kubitschek and a museum devoted to him and showcasing exhibits on the city he visioned including early plans, construction photographs, and materials that depict the history of Brasilia.

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7. Congresso Nacional (National Congress)

This chamber of Deputies of Brazil and the Senate including the offices is the pair of buildings yet another landmark to visit a modern architecture building. There is a dish-shaped structure for two houses separating them by linear sharp rectangular towers. The reflecting pool and the lawn around the building make it photogenic.

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8. Parque Nacional de Brasilia

Parque Nacional de Brasília is a 28,000 hectares national park in the Northwest part of the city; reserving the number of low and crooked trees and the expanses of shrub and grassland. One can also enjoy the beauty of Lake Santa Maria which supplies the whole of Brasilia with drinking water.

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9. Lago do Paranoá, Brasilia

To the east side of the city is the large lake ” Lago do Paranoa” which has sports clubs, an Olympic center, the official residence of the president of the republic, the university, and restaurants around it.

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10. Templo da boa vontade

This Temple of Goodwill in Brasilia was built by Jose de Palva Netto who inaugurated it in 1989. This is known to be the most visited place in the city. Also, it is among the seven Wonders of the city of Brasilia.

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11. Pombal

To create the feeling of the European plaza, this building designed by Oscar Niemeyer is a simple but attractive monument placed in three towers plaza.

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12. Ermida Dom Bosco

This is a small pyramid-shaped chapel made of white marble that has a view of the beautiful landscape of part of lake Paranoa and shrubs in front of it, making it a beautiful and peaceful place to visit.

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13. Clube do choro

This is a spacious restaurant that hosts concerts of music by chorinho bands also serving beverages and appetizers. With the good acoustics and the unique facade, this is an outstanding place for architects and music lovers.

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14. Jaburu Palace, Brasilia

This is an official residence of the vice president of Brazil which was inaugurated in 1977; this name was kept from the common bird in that region, Jabiru. This 4283 square meters building with big courtyards and open common spaces were designed by Oscar Niemeyer with the outstanding concept of the same.

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15. Supremo Tribunal Federal

This is the Supreme Court which serves as the constitutional Court of the country Brazil and was inaugurated in 1808 during the colonial era.

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Shivani Dolas is a curious architecture student .She is passionate about the current and future trends in architecture and thinks that apart from design and creativity, research has established itself as a third pillar in architecture. She is also ardent about conservation and sustainability in this field which encourage her to explore more into the domain.

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