Brasilia Overview



Brasilia is nestled into the Brazilian Highlands about 500 miles north of Sao Paulo, and presents visitors to the area with a wide array of sightseeing opportunities and engaging activities. The city was planned and developed by Brazilian architects Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer in 1956, and is neatly sectioned off into smaller districts, such as the hotel sector, the banking sector and the embassy sector. Brasilia is home to the country's three branches of federal government, including the Congress, the President and the Supreme Court, as well as 124 different embassies. It is the fourth-largest metropolitan area by populace in the country of Brazil.

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicking off in just under a year, Brasilia is one of the cities slated to host a number of games during this historic tournament. The international contests are set to take place in the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, a newly constructed arena designed to hold a staggering 71,400 attendants. It is said to be the most expensive stadium within the vast country of Brazil, and cost upwards of $500 million. The arena will host a total of seven games over the course of the tournament, most notably the third place contest between the losers of the semifinal matchups.

Federal buildings and sightseeing



As the home of Brazil's Federal Government, Brasilia features some strikingly beautiful architectural wonders provided by the countries most celebrated architect, Oscar Niemayer, who designed a large portion of the nation's capital. The city's many structures embody a strong modernist style, which is why Brasilia was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors should make the city's federal establishments a high priority during their stay in Brazil's breathtaking capital.

Palácio da Alvorada
As the official residence of the country's president, the Palácio da Alvorada is an impressive edifice that predates the city by about two years. The name translates to "Palace of the Dawn," which was inspired by the late American president John F. Kennedy, who described Brasilia as a new dawn in the country's history. The walls are guarded by the Dragões da Independência, or Dragons of the Independence, who are part of a special regiment of soldiers that trace their company's lineage back to the War of Independence against the Portugeuse. Since its completion in 1958, the palace has undergone some significant restoration by the request of former first lady Marisa Letícia. Today guests are invited to tour the building and the extensive grounds to take in the specacular architectural style and gorgeous decor that represent a uniquely Brazilian motif.

Congresso Nacional
The Congresso Nacional is one of the more intriguing buildings within the city of Brasilia, and presents some rather interesting design features. This establishment houses the Brazilian Congress's two factions, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The color-coded chambers are designed to present a clear distinction between the house (green) and the senate (blue), and the convex dome is meant to evoke a sense of understanding, signifying that the governing bodies are open to all ideologies. The building is located along the Monumental Axis, which is the main street that runs through the center of the city. In the rear of the building is the Praça dos Três Poderes, where the Palácio do Planalto and the Supremo Tribunal Federal lies.

Nightlife and Bars



Soccer enthusiasts will be happy to find a wide selection of establishments dedicated to providing patrons with a tasty beverage and some excellent entertainment. Make a toast to your country's success on the pitch, or drown out your misery after a crushing defeat. Regardless of your motives, the city of Brasilia is sure to provide an excellent spot to take in the best of Brazil's nightlife.

Gate's Pub
This establishment features three floors of fun and nightly musical guests that will keep your body rocking. The first floor is the base of operations, where patrons can order their favorite beverages at the long bar. The second floor houses the kitchen and smokehouse, which provide some excellent cuisine to satisfy all your culinary cravings, and the basement is where musical guests take the stage and rock crowds until the wee hours of the morning. Mondays and Thursdays are reserved for private parties, but on other days of the week, the bar is open to all guests.

Chiquita Bacana
Known colloquially as Victoria's Secret, this expansive establishment provides an excellent atmosphere to relax and have a pint. Having undergone a recent renovation, Chiquita Bacana features an open-air design that allows for maximum mingling between locals and tourists alike. The menu presents a variety of Brazilian classics and an extensive list of beers and drinks that are sure to meet your needs.

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