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Why the
is special

The capital of Brazil was built in 1960 from scratch in the middle of nowhere. There is no other city on earth quite like it.z

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Visitor appeal

It can be described in one word: Architecture. There isn't much else to excite tour

Architectural style

The main buildings are designed in the modernist architectural style. Renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer played the biggest role. He favors clean, curved lines and angles over straight ones.

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Three Power Square

It's home to the Brazilian government's three branches: Congress, presidency, and supreme court.

Brazilia Cathedral (see photo)

Sixteen curved pillars dramatically reach for heaven.

Why it was built

Brazilian powers wanted to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to country's interior. A prime goal was to foster growth in the lightly populated int


While many people think Brasilia's urban planning was successful, some
critics disagree:

They believe the city environment is somewhat sterile from the human perspective. One reason is the urban planning lacked sufficient input from ordinary citizens.

Traffic congestion is common. The planners anticipated about a half million residents (the population exceeds two million today).

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