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Museu Nacional Honestino Guimarães
Museu Nacional Honestino Guimarães
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Brasília, the capital of Brazil, was a city created from scratch in 1956 by urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer. The layout of the whole city, from the residential and administrative districts to the symmetry of the buildings was planned to harmonise with the city's overall design, and to be both innovative and imaginative.

Brasília was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 11th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 7-11 December, 1987.

Photos of Brasília

Cathedral of Brasilia
Cathedral of Brasilia
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Interior of the Cathedral of Brasilia
Interior of the Cathedral of Brasilia
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Interior of Santuario Dom Bosco, Brasilia
Interior of Santuario Dom Bosco, Brasilia
Author: claudio ruiz (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Complexo Cultural da República
Complexo Cultural da República
Author: Roosewelt Pinheiro/ABr (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5)

Biblioteca Nacional (National Library), Brasilia
Biblioteca Nacional (National Library), Brasilia
Author: Luis Dantas (public domain)

Palacio da Alvorada (Palace of the Dawn), official residence of the President of Brazil in Brasilia
Palacio da Alvorada (Palace of the Dawn), official residence of the President of Brazil in Brasilia
Author: Thum_Fel (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Palacio do Itamaraty (Ministry of Foreign Relations), Brasilia
Palacio do Itamaraty (Ministry of Foreign Relations), Brasilia
Author: xenïa antunes (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Palacio do Planalto (headoffice of the Executive Branch of the Brazilian Government), Brasilia
Palacio do Planalto (headoffice of the Executive Branch of the Brazilian Government), Brasilia
Author: Annemariebr (public domain)

Procuradoria Geral da Republica Building, Brasilia
Procuradoria Geral da Republica Building, Brasilia
Author: Luis Dantas (public domain)

Congreso Nacional (National Congress), Brasilia
Congreso Nacional (National Congress), Brasilia
Author: Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz (public domain)

Congreso Nacional (National Congress), Brasilia
Congreso Nacional (National Congress), Brasilia
Author: Severino666 (public domain)

National Congress session, Brasilia
National Congress session, Brasilia
Author: Agência Brasil (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S 15 47 W 47 54, in the Brazilian Federal District
Inscription Year: 1987
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, IV

Location Map


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Visiting Brasília

Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Sao Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil. Although From there, you can make the arrangement to go to Brasília, either on your own or through a travel agency, to go there. A surprising aspect about Brasília is that although it is a regional hub, most of the flights there are domestic flights. Hence the need to enter Brazil via a bigger city such as Sao Paulo. As part of the preparations, here's a list of hotels in Sao Paolo with online booking facility.

Getting there

You can get plenty of flights from Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro to Brasília.

Book Hotel Rooms in Brazil and Worldwide

Click here also for a full list of hotels in Brazil or hotels worldwide. If you prefer budget accommodation in hostels, guesthouses or inns, check out hostels worldwide for budget accommodation providers with online booking.


National Congress Building, Brasilia
National Congress Building, Brasilia
Author: DVD R W (public domain)

Local Tours of Brazil

Brazil is an exciting location, and often the only way to enjoy it fully is to join a local tour. Here are some local tours of Brazil that you may want to include to your itinerary. They save you time and cost of doing it yourself. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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