Brasilia is not only Brazil’s capital but also its jewel of modern architecture. The airplane-shaped city was designed and built in four years (1956-1960) with the joint efforts of renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, urban planner Lucio Costa and landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. In 1987, the city was included in the UNESCO World Heritage.
It is a city to visit if you are interested in architecture. If not, it has nothing exciting to offer. If you are sceptical about my statement, read the welcoming conversation I received by the receptionist of the hotel I stayed in during my 2-day-weekend visit:
Hotel Receptionist (HR): “How long are you staying with us in Brasilia?” Me: “Just for the weekend. I hope it is enough.” HR: “ Oh, more than enough. The city can be seen in three hours. What are your plans for the rest of the time? Maybe enjoy our swimming pool?” Me: “??????”
After spending my Saturday morning sightseeing at all the architecture musts in the city and stuffing myself with a lot of delicious meat at a traditional Brazilian “churrasqueria”, I realised I had been told the truth. So I strolled around the park and went to the movies (which you can do in any other city too!). I must say, though, I really enjoy the architecture. Here are a few photos for you to get a taste of Niemeyer’s heritage.