Brasilia, the capital of Brazil and today’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an interesting city that’s definitely worth a visit, especially if you have an interest in architecture.
Brazil has had 3 different capitals since the country was settled by Europeans: Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and finally Brasilia. Brasilia was constructed in the center of the country with the express purpose of becoming a new, modern capital for the country and encouraging settlement of Brazil’s interior.
Inspired by the urban planning philosophy of French architect Le Corbusier, Brasilia was designed by its architects, Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, to be an idyllic metropolis where traffic would flow so smoothly that traffic lights would be unnecessary. Of course, as Robert Burns once famously wrote, “The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew.” Brasilia is no exception to this rule-it grew much faster than the planners anticipated, and even their clever street designs could not stave off the need for traffic lights.
According to the UNESCO website, one of the characteristics that makes the city worthy of being designated a World Heritage site is its abundance of architectural masterpieces:
“Among the most beautiful buildings in the urban landscape of Brasilia are those sited around the Plaza of Three Powers, the Planalto Palace, or the Hall of Government, the Congress, with its twin skyscrapers flanked by the cupola of the Senate building and by the inverted cone of the House of Representatives, and finally the Supreme Court. Other structures of an exceptional artistic quality are the Esplanade of the Ministers, the cathedral, the Pantheon of Juscelino Kubitschek and the National Theatre.”
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