Because Brasilia is not just a planned city, but a planned capital as well, tourists can expect a lot of interesting places, structures, and sights in the city. Here are some of the things you should see when in Brasilia.
Most of Brasilia’s architectural sites are located on the Monumental Axis’ eastern part. On the axis’ extreme end, tourists will find the Praça dos Três Poderes or The Square of the Three Powers. Here, the seats of Brazil’s three highest authorities: the Supreme Court, Congress, and the Palácio do Planalto (Presidential Palace) are found.
Along the axis’ midway, the Brasilia Cathedral is found. Considered one of the most breathtaking modernist buildings in the world, the cathedral has panels that are stained glass and 16 curved concrete pillars weighing at 90 tons. The structure is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Mondays and Saturdays, and 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Tuesday-Friday and on Sundays.
The Television Tower on the other hand, provides tourists with a bird’s eye view of Brasilia. Located at the Monumental Axis’ heart, the tower is open to the public for free from Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Food market and crafts are also found on the tower’s basis.
On the western side of the Monumental Axis, a museum was built honouring the accomplishments and life of Brazil’s then-president, and the brains behind the construction of Brasilia, Juscelino Kubitschek. Called the Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial, it is also here where the remains of the president lie.
Aside from the architectural sites, the natural attractions in the city are something to look forward as well.
Just a bit larger than the Central Park of New York City, the Parque da Cidade or the City Park is a large green area which serves as a hot spot in the city to jog, cycle, skate, and kart race as well. Families can also do other outdoor activities while having barbeque here.
The Brasilia National Park on the other hand provides a mix of urban and rural feel with a wide array of animal and plant biodiversity. It also has natural pools that the kids can swim on.
The Poço Azul and Parque Olhos D’Água are interesting places to visit in the city as well. The first is a waterfall that forms blue pools on quartz rock while the latter is a park that’s mainly used by people to jog; it has a small pond, streams, and springs too.
These are just few of the places and sights that tourists can visit in Brasilia.