20 Apr 2019 - 21 Apr 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Rome may not have been built in a day, but it only took four years to build Brasilia. The construction of Brazil’s capital began in 1956, and completed by 1960. It’s been awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage site due to its modern architecture and unique layout.
Residents of the young city are fiercely proud of Brasilia’s modernity, and see it as an emblem for Brazil’s bright future. The city’s slogan, “fifty years of progress in five”, reflects this attitude.
Unlike many other Brazilian cities, Brasilia’s layout was carefully planned.
Because of this, the street life and culture of Brasilia is slightly different. The shape of the city centre is usually compared to an aeroplane, with residential blocks built along the wings and commercial buildings along the fuselage.
Brasilia’s major commercial hub sits at the intersections of the two wings, and this is where you’ll find the majority of stores, government buildings, and the famous cathedral. Brasilia was built with cars in mind, so if you hire a vehicle you’ll find it easier to navigate and get around.
Because Brasilia was so carefully planned, most of the hotels are clustered together. If you’re looking for accommodation in Brasilia, it’s highly likely that you will be staying in one of the following areas.
The North Wing is an upscale neighbourhood, and according to Time Magazine it’s one of the most coveted areas in Brazil. It’s even made a name for itself in popular culture, as Renato Russo sang about the area in his song Faroeste Caboclo. Asa Norte is known for having a lower population than Asa Sul, and is home to high end housing, shopping malls, restaurants, parks, and a number of brand name hotels within a short stroll of the town centre.
The South Wing is another highly coveted neighbourhood, and the most populated area of Brazil’s city centre. It isn’t a concrete jungle, however: Brasilia’s South Wing is home to the Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek, the largest urban park in the world. The central location of Asa Sul combined with the wide variety of hotels makes it a favourite destination for tourists to the city. It’s also where you’ll find most of the foreign embassies.
Vila Planalto was built for the workers who arrived in the 1950’s to build Brazil’s new capital. It sits near the banks of Lago do Paranoa, the artificial lake to the South of the city centre. The lake is great for recreation, with the second largest marina in Brazil, and is a popular destination for watersports. It’s not surprising that you can find plenty of hotels and resorts in Vila Planalto, most of which can be reached by the ‘Estrada Hotéis de Turismo’.
Brasília is the capital of Brazil since 1960 and seat of government of the Federal District. The city is located on the Brazilian highlands, designed and planned well with modern architecture.
I had a love and hate relationship with Brasilia. It was fun to know and visit the national monuments and buildings but at the same time the heat, the city's architecture and the fact that no map app can get the way the streets were designed didn't help. Be ready to get lost and to only find food and drinks in the commercial sectors of the city, because the hotel and the monuments sectors weren't meant to have food and drinks.
Most of the countries I have been too I have always gone to the capital city. However, if you fly into this city OK. But do not waste your time to make a special trip to see this city. This is an artificial city meaning that nothing here existed prior to the mid 60's. The government people that must work here leave Friday afternoon to return to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo or elsewhere for the weekend. The city is empty on the weekends. I stood in the middle of the major freeway without traffic driving by me on a Saturday afternoon. If you are in the city go see the government buildings, they look like Dominoes lined up and the Cathedral as well as the Government Palace. This is all within 2 square blocks. After that, make other plans as there is no reason to stay.
The temple has a shape of a pyramid with 7 sides with the largest crystal found in the region on the top. Under the crystal people can follow a spiral path while praying, meditating or seeking power. It's facilities also have a meditation hall and an art gallery.