26 Facts About Brasilia


Brasilia is the federal capital of Brazil and seat of government of the Federal District.

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Brasilia was a planned city developed by Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer and Joaquim Cardozo in 1956 in a scheme to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location.

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Brasilia was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 due to its modernist architecture and uniquely artistic urban planning.

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Additionally, the metro system in Brasilia was mainly built for inhabitants of satellite cities.

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However, it is important to note that Brasilia was constructed soon after the end of World War II.

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Furthermore, Brasilia is a unique example of modernism both as a guideline for architectural design but as a principle for organizing society.

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Juscelino Kubitschek, president of Brazil from 1956 to 1961, ordered Brasilia's construction, fulfilling the promise of the Constitution and his own political campaign promise.

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Brasilia was built in 41 months, from 1956 to 21 April 1960, when it was officially inaugurated.

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In 2010, Brasilia was ranked the fourth-most populous city in Brazil after Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador.

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At the close of the 20th century, Brasilia was the largest city in the world which had not existed at the beginning of the century.

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Brasilia has one of the highest population growth rates in Brazil, with annual growth of 2.

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Brasilia's inhabitants include a foreign population of mostly embassy workers as well as large numbers of Brazilian internal migrants.

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Brasilia is associated with several significant declarations in the international political and social field, including:.

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Major roles of construction and of services in Brasilia's economy reflect the city's status as a governmental rather than an industrial center.

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Besides being the political center, Brasilia is an important economic center.

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Brasilia has a range of tourist accommodation from inns, pensions and hostels to larger international chain hotels.

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Brasilia has the Rock Basement Festival which brings new bands to the national scene.

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International Dance Seminar in Brasilia has brought top-notch dance to the Federal Capital since 1991.

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Cathedral of Brasilia in the capital of the Federative Republic of Brazil, is an expression of the atheist architect Oscar Niemeyer and the structural engineer Joaquim Cardozo.

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Niemeyer's and Cardozo's project of Cathedral of Brasilia is based in the hyperboloid of revolution which sections are asymmetric.

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Brasilia has two universities, three university centers, and many private colleges.

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Brasilia was one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, for which Brazil is the host nation.

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Brasilia hosted the opening of the Confederations Cup and hosted 7 World Cup games.

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Brasilia hosted the football tournaments during the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro.

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In 2003, Brasilia hosted the 14th Hang Gliding World Championship, one of the categories of free flying.

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Brasilia is the site of the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet which hosted a non-championship round of the 1974 Formula One Grand Prix season.

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