Brasília's History and Attractions
During the presidency of Juscelino Kubitschek in 1956, Brasília began to be built in order to be the new capital of Brazil - which, at the time, was located in Rio de Janeiro.
Inaugurated on April 21, 1960, the current federal capital is now the center of the country's power, Heritage listed by UNESCO and home to more than 2,4 million people.
Oscar Niemeyer, a Brazilian modernist architect, was responsible for designing the most famous and iconic public buildings in Brasília such as the Cathedral, the National Congress, the National Theatre and, most recently, the Digital TV Tower.
Lúcio Costa won a competition to develop the architectural design of the city, creating what today is known as the city 'In the shape of a plane'.
The landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx sought to unite the modern architecture of Niemeyer with the region's native flora, based on the idea of building a city in the midst of flowers and plants. The Crystals Square (Palácio dos Cristais) and the gardens of the Foreign Ministry building, known as Itamaraty, for example, are awarded works of Burle Marx. Worth a visit!
Another important Brasília name is Athos Bulcão. The artist is responsible for decorating the most important buildings in the capital with its striking tiles. Even Brasília International Airport received his mark. Here, his works can be seen in the restricted areas of Domestic and International Departures.
Discover the main attractions of Brasília with the help of these beautiful pictures by Daniel Zukko, producer and a friend to the Airport. All images are copyrighted.
Also follow his work on MInha Brasília YouTube channel.
Welcome to the capital of Brazil.