To see some of the architecture, I joined a 3-hour bustour. We visited 9 places of interest. The most impressive I found the Sanctuario Dom Bosco. When you step inside this church, you´re surrounded by a blue light shining through the many glass-tiled windows.
The other buildings are a lot more sober. Some beautiful in their simplicity (like the Church of Our Lady of Fatima), others quite depressing (like the highrise buildings that were built for the ministries).
Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
Brasilia, the most modern capital of the world, seemed a city of science fiction. It was designed as a plane by Oscar Niemeyer, in which nose there was an artificial lake and government buildings, plus an underground church with three large stone angels hanging with cables.
In each wing there were located embassies and a hotel complex. And in the tail was the rodoviaria (bus station).
It was not adequate city to visit on foot; everywhere there were great blocks, separated by vast distances.
Thanks to my recent job cleaning pools in Mato GrossoI had some money and I felt very euphoric, therefore I invited to cream sodas and pastries to the homeless people that I found resting in a park.
I had several addresses of people in Brasilia, but I chose to join the homeless, staying with them in a hostel called Casa da Sopa, for free. In local buses we never paid. It was sufficient to say to the driver:
- Look, I'm a homeless.
And the driver admitted you free of charge.
After several days exploring Brasilia I traveled by train to São Paulo.
Date posted: July 2013 Lisbeth Holt (U.S.A.): Before I visited Brasilia,
I knew next to nothing about it.
I just knew it was the new capital of Brazil
Built somewhere in the middle of the country.
That its plan and architecture was eclectic...
But no more than that.
I had never heard of Juscelino Kubitschek,
The "bossa nova" president
Under whose tutelage the city was established;
Nor of Lucio Costa, the brilliant city planner,
Nor of the heroic artists, nor of the tireless workers.
Yes, Oscar Niemeyer I'd heard mentioned
But I had no knowledge really of what greatness
He's accomplished; not even that he's Brazilian!
...I accepted an invitation suddenly from out of the blue,
An invitation to visit Brasilia.
And now I know about Brasilia,
Not nearly enough but enough to know
That it's a place where you feel alive! Impassioned!
By its innovative ways, its buildings of epic grandeur;
By the ebullient energy and humanistic spirit
Of the beautiful brasilienses: gracious, delightful, spontaneous!
The sky is sapphire blue in Brasilia, the earth carnelian red;
Bold buildings soar in the brightest of whites!
Not shy pastels, but primary colors, making a statement!
The shapes, the curves, the four-leaf clover roads, the bridges of fantasy,
The pyramidal, the concave and convex, the rounded U.F.O.-like buildings,
The Cathedral like hands in prayer holding the miracle within.
I know about Brasilia now.
I know where it gleams like a dream of a mythical city.
I can tell you how to get there.
You'll be glad you came.
Date posted: May 2010 Graeme Ramshaw (): Brasilia is strange place. A planned city, created from nothing when the Brazilian government decided to move the capital inland, in an attempt to develop the interior of the country, Brasilia is in the shape of an airplane and most buildings downtown are built in a modernist style (read white and somewhat spartan looking). That said, some of the architecture and planning schemes are fascinating and after spending several days in Rio beforehand, Brasilia is like an oasis of calm. The extreme planning of the city, however, prevents it from feeling particularly "lived in" and the great distances between buildings (again based on modernist conception of cities) makes it difficult to get around quickly.
Have you been to Brasilia? Share your experiences!