Brazil’s futuristic capital of Brasilia was only created in the mid 1950’s and prior to that time the city was nothing more than a desert wasteland. Today it is much more.
The combined forces of President Juscelino Kubitschek, Brazil’s most famous architect Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, a renowned Brazilian urbanist, came together to create a functional capital far removed from the urban sprawl which characterises some of Brazil’s other cities and espousing the motto on the Brazilian flag, Order and Progress.
The city has some amazing buildings throughout which are well worth a visit such as the metropolitan cathedral and the national congress and are best visited as part of a city tour as orientation can be confusing at first.
A huge business hub, the city is also well worth combining into a holiday to Brazil as it is well positioned to connect to the wonderful national park of Chapada dos Veadeiros as well as the northern Pantanal. It was also one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup.