It is Brasília — and not Rio de Janeiro — that is the capital of Brazil. A purpose built city and architectural icon that was constructed in the heart of Brazil to be the capital of the new Brazil, the country of the future. 50 years on from its inauguration, Brasília is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is famous for its daring, original and modernist architecture and innovative urban planning.
Brasília’s unique layout is often compared to an airplane, a bird in flight, or a bow and arrow. If a plane, the principal government and public buildings are found along its ‘fuselage’, while the ‘wings’ contain the residential areas along with many of the city’s bars, restaurants and hotels. A good vantage point to view Brasília from is the observation deck of the TV Tower, close to the new national football stadium.
Running through the ‘fuselage’ is the ‘Monumental Axis’ (Eixo Monumental), which is lined by the most important government buildings including the huge Palácio do Itamaraty that houses Brazil’s foreign ministry. The nose of the fuselage is home to the Houses of Parliament (Congresso Nacional) and the office of the president (Palácio do Planalto).
Located in the heart of Brazil, Brasília has excellent flight connections to Rio and São Paulo, as well as the key cities in the Northeast. Flights between Rio, São Paulo and Manaus (the main gateway to the Amazon) often stop in Brasília.
The National Stadium, which opened in time to host games of the Confederations Cup in 2013, is named after the great Brazilian player, Mané Garrincha. It will host seven matches during the World Cup including a quarter-final and the play-off for third and fourth place. Appropriately, Brazil is also set to play in the stadium during the tournament.
National Stadium Mané Garrincha – Schedule:
Sunday, 15 June, 13.00 (Switzerland x Ecuador)
Thursday, 19 June, 13.00 (Colombia x Ivory Coast)
Monday, 23 June, 17.00 (Brazil x Cameroon)
Thursday, 26 June, 13.00 (Portugal x Ghana)
Monday, 30 June, 13.00 (round of 16)
Saturday, 5 July, 13.00 (quarter-final)
Saturday, 12 July, 17.00 (3rd/4th placeplay off)