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Top Choice Palace in Brasília

Palácio da Alvorada

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

Congresso Nacional

Featuring the photogenic ‘dishes’ and twin towers, the Congresso Nacional is one of the more interesting buildings on the inside as well. In addition to the color-coded chambers of the Senate (blue) and House of Rep…
Top Choice Palace in Brasília

Palácio do Planalto

The Palácio do Planalto 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, it's one of the best examples of…
Top Choice Gallery in Brasília

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

Brasília’s most important contemporary museum houses fascinating exhibitions in two galleries, an indie cinema, a cafe and a bookstore. A free bus runs every 90 minutes (varying hours from 11am to 11pm) along the Ei…
Top Choice Peruvian in Brasília

Taypá

It's worth a trip to the edges of Lago Sul – a R$30 or so taxi fare – for Marco Espinoza's authentic upscale Peruvian. His whole team hails from Peru and it shows: the fabulous ceviche criollo, drowning in creamy le…
Top Choice Brazilian in Brasília

Olivae

With a disciple of Brazilian super chef Alex Atala running the show, this classy newcomer has everyone's taste buds doing a happy dance, including Veja magazine, who showered it with Chef of the Year, Best New Resta…
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 Notable Building in Brasília

Palácio do Itamaraty

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

Catedral Metropolitana

With its 16 curved columns and wavy stained-glass interior, the Catedral Metropolitana is heavenly viewing. At the entrance are the haunting Four Disciples statues carved by Ceschiatti, who also made the aluminum an…
Top Choice Museum in Brasília

Museu Nacional

A spherical half-dome by architect Oscar Niemeyer, the inside features a discreet mezzanine mostly held up by columns suspended from the roof. A signature curved ramp juts out from its base and runs around the outsi…