The building of the National Congress is as old as the city of Brasília itself. It was designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer and consists of a flat based structure with two high buildings, where the offices of the members of parliament are located. Besides the members of parliament, the National Congress also houses the federal senate. Visitors have the possibility to visit the Congress and its rooms from the inside and without any entrance fee.
Praça dos 3 Poderes, Brasília, Brazil, +55 61 3126-0000
The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is a network of cultural centers, which are located in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. The building of the cultural center in Brasília, was designed, like the National Congress, by Oscar Niemeyer. The CCBB offers rooms for film showings, theater performances, concerts, and exhibitions.
SCES Trecho 2, Lote 22, Asa Sul, Brasília, Brazil, +55 61 3108-7600
The main attraction of this park is the Itiquira waterfall, standing at 168 meters making it the highest waterfall in the whole of Brazil. By comparison, the highest waterfalls in the Iguaçu Falls are only about 82 meters high. The park of Itiquira is a real natural oasis and the perfect destination for day trips from the capital city. Visitors will find a nature trail, possibilities for swimming in the water of the waterfalls or just relaxing in nature.
Rodovia GO524, s/n – Zona Rural, Formosa, Goias, Brazil, +55 61 3981-1234
The Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial, or just called Memorial JK, is located nearly the city park of Brasília and is dedicated to the founder and first president of the capital city of Brazil, Juscelino Kubitschek. A 4.5 meter statue of the president stands on a concrete platform in the park, as well as the mortal remains of Kubitschek and the various honors and medals he received during his lifetime.
Eixo Monumental, Lado Oeste, Praça do Cruzeiro, Brasília, Brazil, +55 61 3226-7860
The Supreme Federal Court of Brasília is located nearby the National Congress and is the highest court of law in Brazil for constitutional issues. It was already founded during the colonial era and therefore has a long and fascinating history, which visitors can learn about.
Praça dos Três Poderes, Brasília, Brazil, +55 61 3217-3000
This church is definitely one of the highlights of Brasília. Unremarkable from the outside, it impresses on the first step taken into the building. Square-shaped, with long windows on each side, made of different blue colored Murano glass bricks presenting a starlit sky. This church is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Dom Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco, and opened its doors in 1963. Santuário Dom Bosco was built using the design of Carlos Alberto Naves, a Brazilian architect.
The Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida, is a Roman Catholic church designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in May 1970. Its name relates to the biggest place of pilgrimage of Brazil called Aparecida and translates as ‘the appeared’. It is worth visiting because of its acoustics, which allow communication in low volume to be heard from one end of the building to the other.
Esplanada dos Ministérios, lote 12, Brasília, Brazil, +55 61 3224-4073
Paranoá Lake is an artificial lake which was planned at the end of the 19th century, but only put into practice in the 1950s under president Juscelino Kubitschek. It has a maximum depth of 30 meters and has three little islands, which were created while the lake was flooded. It is perfect for swimming, relaxing, water sports, and enjoying the beautiful sunsets in the evenings.