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Exploring Brasília

Exploring Brasília

The city, laid out in the shape of an airplane, is divided by two main highways. Eixo (AYshoo) Monumental runs east-west, the “fuselage” runs dead-straight, while Eixo Rodaviario, running north-south, forms the curving wings which cross at the center of the plane. There’s no grand monument where the two meet – rather the city’s local bus terminus is there. An attractive building, it is the only one in the city designed by Costa himself. He envisioned the crossroads as Brasília’s Time Square, but it did not work out that way.

The city’s highlights, of course, are its modern structures and the architecture and design of the city itself. The designers left lots of open space, so it’s a hearty walk from one point to another; taxis and buses are readily accessible. You might consider a city-tour to orient yourself a bit. The largest structure in the city, the Television Tower, is in the “business class” section of the plane, while the “first class” and “cockpit” sections (east) house a parallel row of 19 government buildings that lead to the twin towers of the legislative branch of government. Flanked by a large cup and saucer, the towers begin the circle of Three Powers Square (Praça dos Três Poderes) made up of the legislative, judicial and executive buildings. Here too are historical buildings and a museum.

Between the tail and the cockpit on both sides of Eixo Monumental are the planned sections designated for hotels, banks, businesses or cultural activities. The north and south wings of Eixo Rodaviario are the residential sections where important government officials reside. Each is divided into super-quadras and is totally self-contained, with schools, shops, cinemas, athletic facilities and restaurants.

Last updated December 24, 2007
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