Ministry of External Relations
agua, cimento e vidro!
water, cement and glass!
Brasília is the capital of Brazil. The city and its District are
located in the Central-West region of the country, along a
plateau known as Planalto Central.
It has a population of about 2.557,000 (3.599,000 in the
metropolitan area) as of the 2008-IBGE estimate, making it
the fourth largest city in Brazil
The city was planned and developed in 1956 with Lúcio Costa
as the principal urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as the
In 1960, it formally became Brazil's national capital. When
seen from above, the main planned part of the city's shape
resembles an airplane or a butterfly.
It is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
São Paulo: 1,020 km (630 mi);
Rio de Janeiro: 1,160 km
Salvador: 1,540 km (960 mi);
Florianópolis: 1,700 km
Porto Alegre: 2,080 km
Belém: 2.130 km (1,320 mi);
Natal: 2.383 km (1480 mi).
Palácio do Planalto is the official workplace
of the President of Brazil
Palacio da Alvorada
Dawn Palace, official residence of the President of BrazilThe Alvorada Palace,
official residence designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, is a building of 7.3 thousand
meters, with six suites (the largest is 120 meters), movie theaters and music, a gym,
heated Olympic swimming pool, sauna with room for massages and a wine cellar for at
least 2 thousand bottles.
South Façade of the Alvorada, the
reflecting pool and the bronze sculpture
The Palácio da Alvorada is the official
residence of the President of Brazil. The
palace was designed, along with the rest
of the city of Brasília, by Oscar
Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1958.
One of the first structures built in the
republic's new capital city, the
"Alvorada" lies on a peninsula at the
margins of Lake Paranoá