Brasilia

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The above postcard shows the Cathedral of Brasilia, also know as “Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady Aparecida”. This Roman Catholic cathedral was built by Oscar Niemeyer in 1970. The concrete columns give it a very futuristic look and before reading about it, I would have never guessed that this was a house of god.

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This postcard shows the National Congress of Brazil which houses the  Federal Senate (the upper house) and the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house). The Senate represents the 26 states and the Federal District.

 

Both cards were sent by Jamilia on a private postcard swap. Many thanks! This is the first capital in South America that I am covering in my blog and I feel that project is now really starting to progress as I am receiving a lot of cards recently.

I have been to some cities in Brazil, such as Rio and Fortaleza, when I was working on a cruise ship, but never managed to see Brasilia as it is situated in the Brazilian Highlands in the west of the country. The city was founded on 21st April 1960, to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location. It was planned and developed by some famous architects of the time,  Lúcio Cost , Oscar Niemeyer and  Roberto Burle Marx. Due to the modernistic architecture, Brasilia was chosen to be an UNESCO world heritage site in 1987.