What is the capital of Brazil?

The history of Brazil is a bit complicated, just like the history of its three capital cities: Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and currently – Brasília. Today, we will focus on the last one.

Among the vast areas of the Brazilian upland, there is the capital of Brazil, Brasília. Brasília is unique in every aspect. Why? Well, capitals are usually moved to already existing cities. It was not the case with Brasília. It was built especially to move the capital deeper in the country. 

 

Let’s learn more about this interesting city. We will list below everything that you should know before visiting this city. It is worth it.

Capital of Brazil – facts

If you are intrigued already, definitely continue to read the information below. After that – visit Brazil and go to the capital. If you are interested in architecture – you will enjoy it even more.

-how it was built

Placing the capital city far from the coast was done on purpose to develop the inland part of Brazil. The idea of ​​creating the new capital occurred in 1823. The city was founded in a place that was full of lush nature. Impassable terrains hindered the delivery of building materials. That’s why the trucks were turned into airplanes. 

The decision about the grand undertaking was made by President Juscelino Kubitschek. Construction in the heart of Brazil began in 1956. Workers from all corners of Brazil came to take part in the creation of the new capital. The work was completed in 1960 and on April 27 the official inauguration began.

– architectural facts

The plan of the city (Plano Piloto) was the work of the prominent architect Lúcio Costa and the most important buildings were designed by even more famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Costa predicted the city for 500,000 residents, and currently, more than 2 million residents are living in this city.

The shape of the capital is compared to a bird with spread wings or an airplane. It has been designed in such a way that it can grow on the outside. The architecture of the space perfectly combined the natural greenery with soaring buildings.

 

– tourists in Brasília

In vain will you look for old colonial churches or other monuments from the time of slavery which the cities on the coast got us used to. The lovers of modern architecture in the style of Le Corbusier (Niemeyer was his student) will find heaven here. You can visit government administration buildings including the Congress, as well as a futuristic cathedral with glass panels. In honor of the Brasília’s builders who flocked here from all over the country, Monumento aos Candangos was erected, which also belongs to the tourist attractions of the capital.

If you are already in Brazil and you are thinking of visiting the capital of Brazil – we encourage you to do so. You can always just take the bus and go. Buy your bus tickets online here and do not worry about anything. 

Enjoy this unique experience of visiting the city where the harmonious combination of nature and modernity makes Brasília one of the most beautiful cities in the world.