Among the 12 locations hosting this year’s World Cup in Brazil, there’s one that stands out from the rest: the capital city, Brasilia.
Now home to around 2 million people, the city on the Preto and Descobertos rivers was built 54 years ago in the country’s central highlands to replace Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s capital. Thanks to the renowned late Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, the city is an architectural gem.
Niemeyer, who, among other structures, conceived of the United Nations building in New York, received carte blanche to design Brasilia in the early 1960s along with planner and fellow architect, Lucio Costa
Niemeyer’s style is certainly not conventional. Take, for example, the city’s cathedral. From the outside, it’s less than impressive. Once inside, though, the light and shapes reveal themselves.
The Palacio da Alvorada, home to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, is also something to see for the 500.000 tourists expected to visit during the World Cup.
Listen and watch here as VOA’s Nicholas Pinault explores some of the sights and sounds of Brasilia’s people and architecture.