Updated: Feb 15, 2022
… sad, dazed and a bit confused - when you found something you love, it’s not easy to pull yourself away: heart strings pulling me back, like uber-strong rubber bands, sometimes a clean break is the only way to go. 🥲 Similar to leaving Istanbul, or Egypt though not as hard to let go as former Soviet Georgia, letting go reminds me of the original parting - leaving my mother’s embrace to a nun’s preschool in Mexico City. 🇲🇽
Brazil’s capital summarizes everything beautiful about this country - its people, its future and prosperity, and the wonders that they have build out of nothing but red mud, carving out a beautiful country with sweat, tears, and hope!
Brasília, 🇧🇷 inaugurated as Brazil’s capital in 1960, is a planned city distinguished by its white, modern architecture, chiefly designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Laid out in the shape of an airplane, its “fuselage” is the Monumental Axis, 2 wide avenues flanking a massive park. In the “cockpit” is Praça dos Três Poderes, named for the 3 branches of government surrounding it.
By the end of the 19th century Brazil had decided upon creating a new utopian capital city. Construction began in the 1950’s and was heavily influenced by the writing of the Italian monk, Dom Bosco, who dreamed of a utopian capital city in the New World. The city officially became Brazil’s capital in the 1960s and was named a UNESCO world heritage site! We show you the most impressive and exciting attractions to experience.
Favourite sights in Brasilia ❤️
1. Memorial JK (JK Memorial)
President Juscelino Kubitschek founder and designer of new capital of Brasilia 🇧🇷 Museum!
A uniquely set space devoted to telling the story of the man and Brazilian politician Juscelino Kubitschek, the Memorial JK (JK Memorial), opened in September 1981, and emphasizes his connection to Brasília and retraces the relationship between the president, Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer around the idealization and construction of the new headquarters for the federal government of Brazil. The JK Memorial Museum keeps photographs, personal objects and panels on Juscelino’s achievements and the construction of Brasília. It also hosts the burial chamber with the mortal remains of the president, his office - with part of his private library - and a research room.
2. "Well-Known Church" - Santuário São João Bosco ⛪️
One of Brasilia's best-known landmarks and churches, Dom Bosco Sanctuary was another project by architect Lúcio Costa, who wanted this sanctuary to honor the patron of the city. The structure of the building has 80 16-meter (52 foot) high columns and the interior is adorned with stained glass. Twelve different shades of blue give visitors the impression of being under a starry sky. The iron and bronze doors remind visitors of the life of Dom Bosco and leads them in to an environment full of faith and moments of introspection.
3. Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida
The Cathedral of Brasília is the Roman Catholic cathedral serving Brasília, Brazil, and serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Brasília. It was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and calculated by Brazilian structural engineer Joaquim Cardozo, and was completed and dedicated on May 31, 1970 (Ancient cathedral muchachos 😂 lol).
4. Palácio do Congresso 🏟
Located at the head of the abstract bird-shaped city plan by LucioCosta, and as the only building within the central greensward of the eastern arm of the Monumental Axis, the palace of the National Congress (Congresso Nacional) enjoys pride of place among Oscar’s government buildings in the capital city. The most sober of the palaces on the Plaza of the Three Powers, the National Congress reflects the strong influence of Le Corbusier, while hinting at the more romantic and whimsical forms that characterize Niemeyer’s trademark Brazilian Modernism.
5. OSCAR NIEMEYER
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… sad, dazed and a bit confused - when you found something you love, it’s not easy to pull yourself away: heart strings pulling me back, like uber-strong rubber bands, sometimes a clean break is the only way to go:
A toast 🥂 to the its beautiful people, amazing samba beat permanently ingrained in my soul, and thankful for amazing adventures! 🇧🇷
… a bit more on a true master: OSCAR NIEMEYER 🇧🇷
Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) was born in the hillside district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts there. Niemeyer’s architecture, conceived as lyrical sculpture, expands on the principles and innovations of Le Corbusier to become a kind of free-form sculpture.
In 1938-39 he designed the Brazilian Pavilion for the New York World’s Fair in collaboration with Lucio Costa. His celebrated career began to blossom with his involvement with the Ministry of Education and Health (1945) in Rio de Janeiro. Niemeyer’s mentor, Lucio Costa, architect, urban planner, and renowned pioneer of Modern architecture in Brazil, led a group of young architects who collaborated with Le Corbusier to design the building which became a landmark of modern Brazilian architecture. It was while Niemeyer was working on this project that he met the mayor of Brazil's wealthiest state, Juscelino Kubitschek, who would later become President of Brazil. As President, he appointed Niemeyer in 1956 to be the chief architect of Brasilia, the new capital of Brazil, his designs complementing Lucio Costa’s overall plans. The designs for many buildings in Brasilia would occupy much of his time for many years.
"As an architect," he states, "my concern in Brasilia was to find a structural solution that would characterize the city's architecture. So I did my very best in the structures, trying to make them different with their columns narrow, so narrow that the palaces would seem to barely touch the ground. And I set them apart from the facades, creating an empty space through which, as I bent over my work table, I could see myself walking, imagining their forms and the different resulting points of view they would provoke.