Brasília attractions

Top Choice Square in Brasília

Praça dos Trés Poderes

This square is a focal point of the city design, a synthesis of the ideas of architects Niemeyer and Costa, combining various monuments, museums and federal buildings. The space includes striking sculptures, includi…
Top Choice Notable Building in Brasília

Congresso Nacional

Featuring photogenic roof ‘dishes’ and twin towers, the Congresso Nacional has one of the more interesting interiors in the city. In addition to the color-coded chambers of the Senate (blue) and House of Representat…
Top Choice Palace in Brasília

Palácio da Alvorada

The official presidential residence, the Palácio da Alvorada, is a Niemeyer building constructed in 1958. It was the first edifice in the city to be inaugurated, predating the inauguration of the city itself by two …
Top Choice Notable Building in Brasília

Palácio do Itamaraty

Palácio do Itamaraty is home to the Foreign Ministry and one of Brasília's most impressive buildings – a series of concrete arches towering over Burle Marx's reflecting pool and floating gardens. Outside, the Bruno …
Top Choice Palace in Brasília

Palácio do Planalto

The Palácio do Planalto, where Brazil's president works, is another Niemeyer design that's worth seeing inside and out. From the curved lines of the exterior to the lustrous columns and sweeping curved ramp inside, …
Top Choice Museum in Brasília

Museu Nacional

This landmark white dome, gleaming in the sun, was opened to the public on the 100th birthday of architect Oscar Niemeyer. The inside is softer in grays but equally spectacular, featuring a discreet mezzanine mostly…
Top Choice Church in Brasília

Santuário Dom Bosco

Santuário Dom Bosco is made of 80 concrete columns that support 7400 pieces of illuminated Murano glass, symbolizing a starry sky, which cast a blue submarine glow over the pews. The central chandelier weighs 2.5 to…
Top Choice Cathedral in Brasília

Catedral Metropolitana

The 16 curved ribs rising to the crown of the iconic exterior coupled with the light-filled circular interior, which sits under a dome of wavy stained-glass, make this cathedral a heavenly sight. At the entrance are…
Top Choice Arts Center in Brasília

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

Brasília’s most important contemporary museum houses temporary exhibitions in two galleries, an indie cinema, a cafe and a bookstore. Buses 0.103 and 103.2 run here from the center.
Tower in Brasília

Torre de TV

The 75m-high observation deck of the TV Tower gives a decent overview of the city, but it’s still not quite tall enough to really get a sense of the city’s airplane design. The mezzanine level sometimes has exhibiti…