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The founder of this city was a future man sight (Juscelino Kubitschek), why? Well this is, at least to me one of the modern wonders of our days in arquitecture and beauty, the city is so well design that when you approach by plane it seems that you are going to land on a plane. The city if divided as sections, south wing and north wing , tail .... like a airplane, they are also organized as resident zones, church zones, political zone, hospital zones. A beauty organized with 1 huge lake on each site of the town...south lake and north lake, for kite surfers like me this city is perfect for a internal country, the lake is excellent for water sports, is clean and have big empty areas on the sites for docking and prepare the material to surf, the wind is also good, for kite surfers i recommend the south lake, just because the north have a big barrage, and can be dangerous when open :).
One thing that no one can deny, is the beautiful arquitecture of the buildings, modern and stylish , and well preserved. You will take at least an all day just to visit the out side of the buildings, my favourite is a twin building were one is suspend in the air, oh and i cant forget one temple, "temple of peace" its like a pyramid but much modern open 24 hours a day since its open, you fell the force in the air, dont forget to take with you a camera.
The live in Brasilia is not cheap, its the same of Europe, thats why you see on the sight small cities arising were most common people live.
Another great thing in Brasilia is that you dont get your sight GREY, each group of buildings have a green surround area, that way sometimes you forget you are on a big city, ofcorse there only one problem with that is the big distances from one place and another.
The security is not too bad compared with other cities at Brazil, you can walk at night at the dock site (at the lakes ) peaceful.
There is another place i recommend to visit, its the country club were is placed the house of Juscelino Kubitschek, its a wonderful place were you have trials of 2 kinds of florest, serrão and Atlantic, with wild live, water falls, sport zones, horse riding and of course a grill zone for family and friends reunion.
This city show the other Brazil, the modern one, but still keeps the nature.
I do recommend this city for persons that dont like beach cities and like modern arquitecture, and of course with plenty of money to spend!
Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, was build on a gigantic scale. The goal was to create a modern city constructed as an architectural monument and masterpiece for 'a country of the future' as national commentators often claimed Brazil to be.
The plan of the city was eventually designed in the shape of a bird or a plane in flight following the tradition of architectural modernism. This was a design - the 'Pilot Plan' by Lúcio Costa who won a competition between architects and urban planners. The ideal maximum population target was originally for 500,000 residents. However, many of the thousands of workers that came to build the city ended up staying and this, along with more recent influxes from the North East of Brazil, has seen the growth of small urban areas around the capital.
There are two main roadways in the city. Eixo Monumental runs east/west for a distance of more than 6 miles (10km). Getting to Brasilia from Rio or Sao Paulo is roughly by bus a 24 hour ride. It's a similar distance when you're going to Salvador in the North East - I might be wrong here but let's face it, whose counting after 12 hours?
The worst thing about this city is that there is no 'downtown' area. The only place you can really 'hang out' is in one of the large shopping centres. Oscar Niemeyer was the architect of many buildings in Brasilia, including the Congress, the Palace of Dawn (Palácio da Alvorada), the Palace of Justice, Palácio do Planalto, Palácio dos Arcos (also called Itamaraty), the Cathedral, the University of Brasilia, the National Theatre, and the Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial.
I was born up and brought up in Brasilia, and Brasilia is certainly a prime example of a place of rural urban migration - which in a way is very sad. Until I was seven, my parents worked on a famn as subsistence farmers in the Amozan rainforest. They decided to move because there were many good things about the big cities as we had droughts and no crop in the country. So my family (which is very very big) moved to a Favala (known as a shanty town in England) for the oppotunities. I moved away when I was eleven to England. Brasilia is seen as a beautiful country for many, but for others is the unseen world of a fevela child, otherwise known as a KARAT. The place is horrible, houses are made from runbbish, the place is dusty and dreary and polluted. MY ADVICE; NEVER GO TO A SHANTY TOWN. NEVER GIVE A CHILD A KARAT.
Brasilia, a capital created ex nihilo in the centre of the country in 1956, was a landmark in the history of town planning. Urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer intended that every element from the layout of the residential and administrative districts (often compared to the shape of a bird in flight) to the symmetry of the buildings themselves should be in harmony with the city's overall design. The official buildings, in particular, are innovative and imaginative.