Located in the central part of the country, Brasilia is the modern capital of Brazil, having replaced Rio de Janeiro as capital in 1960. A newer city, Brasilia is a model of urban planning and boasts the headquarters of several national companies, specifically banking and communications corporations. Hosting 122 foreign embassies, Brasilia is the epicenter of political and governmental policies. A UNESCO World Heritage site as of 1987, Brasilia is a beautiful city and a venue for major international events, made enjoyable with its tropical climate, diverse cuisine, and historic sites and museums.
The modernist architecture is stunning. Many of the buildings set along the central axis are surrreal in their appearance. These are very impressive. The houses along the wings of the "airplane shaped city" all look out onto parks, while wide boulevards lead into the center.
It was a laboritory for modernist achitects and urban planners, and today the city is a Mecca for anyone interested in architecture.
The architectural dream of the 1950's turned out to be a nightmare for the people that had to populate the city: the civil servants.
Brasilia International Airport is the closest international travel facility, which links Brasilia to several international destinations. Brasilia is also reachable via bus and car.
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