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Brasilia Information

The capital of Brazil, the modern city of Brasilia is a major tourist attraction and includes some of the most exciting landmarks in the entire country. Its inauguration as the nation's capital in 1960 was heralded by the unveiling of some of the most stunning architecture ever designed. Visitors delight in the remarkable planning that has resulted in the beautiful landscaping and city parks of this truly contemporary metropolis.

History Of Brasilia
As far back as the early 1900s, leaders of the Brazilian Federation were considering a bold idea to move the capital and seat of government to the interior of the country. At the time, the capital city of Rio de Janeiro was becoming more and more a recreationally- minded area, and plans to develop a more centrally located government eventually became a reality. The city was laid out and incorporated in less than five years, and it produced some of the most daring architectural projects imaginable. Today, visitors are drawn to the capital city not only for the stunning building designs, but also the many parks and lagoons that are found throughout the area.

Special Landmarks In Brasilia
The Esplanada dos Ministérios, located in the center of the city, is a favorite for visitors. It is along this open roadway the primary government buildings are found, including the Planalto Palace, which is the executive government branch headquarters. Nearby is the Supreme Federal Court, one of the most photographed structures in the world. The Praça dos Três Poderes is a large square that faces the National Congress Building, another of the many beautiful structures to be found in the central district. Over 20 museums are located in Brasilia, most notably the JK Memorial Museum and the Museum of North-Eastern Arts and Tradition. A huge number of land preserves and agricultural gardens are found in Brasilia; over 40% of the land in the Federal District has been designated as environmental protection areas.

Transportation And Hotels
The central district of Brasilia is located about 8 miles (13 km) from the International Airport, and is full of 3 and 4 star accommodations for visitors. A modern freeway system connects the various districts and suburbs of the city, and brochures are available in most languages at visitor information desks. Planning a sightseeing trip in the city can be somewhat awkward, as the metropolis is spread out over a large area. A rental car may be the best option for getting around, and several days may be needed to visit all the major attractions.

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