Thursday, November 15, 2007


Brasília is the capital of Brazil, located in the central part of the country. It has a population of about 2,383,784 as of the 2006 census estimate, and is the seat of the federal government: the President (residing in the Palácio da Alvorada), the Brazilian supreme court and the Brazilian parliament. Brasília is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

These photos were taken by my son Fernando in June 2007

Catedral Metropolitana "Nossa Senhora Aparecida"

Brasília's Cathedral - Basilica of Our Lady Aparecida, by Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian Architect, born 1907.

Our Lady of Aparecida is the patron saint of Brazil, represented by a statue of the Virgin Mary.

A Catedral, o Congresso Nacional e a Esplanada dos Ministérios

The Catedral, National Congress and Ministries Esplanade

Fernando in front the Ministries Esplanades at left and the Catedral at right

Palácio do Itamaraty

Itamaraty Palace

Palácio do Itamaraty. Em primeiro plano a escultura "Meteoro", do escultor Bruno Giorgi.

Itamaraty Palace is the name of the building of the head office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Itamaraty is one of Niemeyer's most radiant buildings. The bridge over an enormous ornamental pool dotted with islands of tropical plants leads to one of the largest public art collections in Brazil. The Brazilian artist Bruno Giorgi (1905 - 1993) (the same artist who created the Hanging Angels in the Brasilia Cathedral) carved the sculpture "Meteoro" from a single four-ton block of Carrar marble, which has been exposed in the water garden in front of the Palace since 1967.

Palácio do Planalto

The Palácio do Planalto is the official workplace of the President of Brazil. It is located at the Praça dos Três Poderes in Brasília.

O Palácio da Alvorada, residência oficial do Presidente da República

The Palace of the Dawn is the official residence of the Presidente of Brazil. The palace was designed, along the rest of the city of Brasília, by Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1958

Congresso Nacional

National Congress

Brazil's bicameral National Congress, consists of Senate of Brazil (the upper house) and and the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil (the lower house)

National Congress

Museu Nacional, Complexo Cultural da República
Cultural Complex of the Republic

View from the interior of the Cultural Complex of the Republic

Procuradoria Geral da República

Federal Prosecutors' Office is another project by Oscar Niemeyer

The Juscelino Kubitschek bridge, also known as the 'President JK Bridge' or the 'JK Bridge', crosses Lake Paranoá in Brasília. It is named afterJuscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, former President of Brazil. It was designed by architect Alexandre Chan and structural engineer Mário Vila Verde.

Ponte Juscelino Kubitschek, também conhecida como "Ponte JK", foi inaugurada em dezembro de 2002.

Photos by Fernando de A. Mascaro

Click on photos to enlarge


  1. So many white structures in that area. Very interesting bridge and Prosecutor's Office building designs.


  2. wow :) if all cities were this beautiful !

  3. Amazing architecture!! Niemeyer is also the architect of the Communist Party building in Paris, also a fantastic building that the former rich party now may have to give up!

  4. The buildings and bridge look like modern art!

  5. I first learnt about the extraordinary buildings of Brasilia when I was doing a general art subject at university in the 80's. I saw a documentary called "Shock of the New" by art historian/critic - Robert Hughes. I learnt lots of things at uni - most I have forgotten, but those buildings of Brasilia always stuck in my mind.

  6. Sónia, fotos maravilhosas com informação excelente.

  7. Such beautiful shapes all the buildings have...A very nice place to explore. They are all fun.

    Take care,

  8. What a pleasure to see ALL this fabulous Architecture, Sonia.....that one building--Itamaraty, is interesting to me because it is kind of indicitive of the period when it was built...New York's Lincoln Center has a similar loook and even our Music Center here in Los Angeles...I LOVE that first building, too....and well, so very many others. Neimeyer? I have to look and see if he designed The Directors Guild building here....the round one in this post is quite similar, too....!

    Wonderful, as always Sonia. Such a pleasure always to be introduced to more and more of your Beautiful country...! I'm going to look up that round building here and I'll come back to tell you, my dear.

  9. I finally found the answer...It was a Greek Architect named Costas Kondylis that designed the DGA here in L.A. There is a similar look.

    And I forgot to say before, that I also love the 'Interior of the Cultural Complex of The Republic.
    That is so elegant and Beautiful!

  10. Thanks for taking me along. I really like the white and blues.

  11. Sonia,

    obrigado pelo sidebar. Um EXEMPLO de como se deve fazer. Obrigado pelo link e AMIZADE.
    Parabéns ao Fernando pelas EXTRAORDINÁRIAS imagens de Brasília. Dignas de uma EXPOSIÇÃO na CAPITAL.

    Forte abraço a ambos!

  12. I never knew Brasília looked so futuristic!
    Love the bridge and the cathedral.

  13. What great architecture I really like the Itamaraty Palace with the water, and the bridge ids spectacular. What is the big dish at the National Congress building. I heard on the news that there was an earth quake in South America but didn't hear where, I hope it didn't effect you. Have a good weekend. Lloyd and Ranger

  14. Oi Nando!

    Parab�ns, novamente, agora, pelas maravilhosas fotos de Bras�lia!

    Acho que est� nas veias dos Mascaro's e Amorim's o gosto e a arte de bem fotografar! Tio Jo�o tamb�m "curtiu" muito a fotografia!

    Continue cultivando essa sua sensibilidade especial!!

    Ficamos aguardando novas "revela�es"!!

  15. Yoour cathedral reminds me of the catholic cathedral in Liverpool , which was built in the late 1960s

  16. Oh !!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you ! I ever loved to see photos of Brasilia but unfortunately it's so rare. **These are wonderful** and Mr. Niemeyer is a great man. Thank you very very much !!!

  17. I just love the futuristic look in your images!

  18. What glorious designs for all your buildings!! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Great pics! I have just finished reading a book about Frank Lloyd Wright's illicit love affair, so am more tuned in to architecture for the moment. I don't know what he would think of these pics but I love the prosecutor's office. Sure makes me wonder how the prosecutor got such a gorgeous building!

  20. Wow, Brasilia has such beautiful modern architecture.

    I saw the map of the city and it is very well planned. It looks like an aeroplane from the sky.

  21. What unique looking buildings! I absolutely love that bridge! You really got my attention with the clouds. I love driving around (with my job) looking at clouds! I have a little pond that I pass with all sorts of ducks...of course, I can't take too much time looking as I'm in my bus!

  22. The architecture is amazingly contemporary and even surreal. I love the clean lines, the bold design. The cathedral is awesome.

  23. Sonia, lindas as fotos do seu filho.

    Linda a Capital. Pena que de tão afastada, tanto o Executivo quanto o Legislativo não sintam a pressão direta dos seus eleitores, o que Ulisses ou Tancredo, não sei qual dos dois, chamava de "o clamor das ruas, dos grotões".
    Grande abraço, e até mais.

  24. Sonia querida, é uma linda cidade não?
    Um trabalho de grande artista na construção de uma cidade maravilhosa como Brasilia.
    Pena estar tão corrompida, como madeira que deu cupim, e vai comendo por dentro.
    Uma linda semana prá você meu bem.
    Um beijo

  25. Sonia, Brasilia por sí só já é um espetáculo. Uma fotografia bem elaborada e com sentimento, só valoriza o tema.
    Parabéns ao Fernando. Como diz o Carlos: está no sangue dos Amorim e Mascaro!
    Um beijo, menina

  26. My father has a painting of the cathedral, a memory from their time there. Thank you for the walk down memory lane.

  27. Beautiful pictures Sonia!! That bridge is something else!! Different than anything I've seen! Very unique architecture!! I love those blue skies in almost every picture!!

  28. Hi Sonia. Beautiful pictures of a beatiful modern city...

  29. Wow indeed! I remember learning about Brasilia in geography lessons at school a long time ago. How wonderful to see it up close. The architecture is extraordinary.

  30. When I was a kid in the architecture school back in the USSR, my favorite book was a beautifully published monography "Oscar Niemeyer" full of wonderful photographs and Niemeyer's theoretical works. It cost a small fortune for me at the time, but Oscar was my architectural role model and I had sacrificed my lunches for quite some time to buy the book. By the time I graduated, the book almost fall apart from the frequent use and reference. Your photographs reminded me of this time of my youth, when I was obsessed with the great Niemeyer's architecture.


Profile - Perfil

All photography and writing
© 2005-2014 by Sonia A. Mascaro
unless indicated otherwise.
All rights reserved.

Archive - Arquivo

Categories - Categorias

12º Aniversário do Blog 12th Blog Anniversary 1º Blog Aniversário 1th Blog Anniversary 2º Blog Aniversário 2th Blog Anniversary 3º Blog Aniversário 3th Blog Anniversary 4º Blog Aniversário 4th Blog Anniversary 5º Blog Aniversário 5th Blog Anniversary 6º Blog Aniversário 6th Blog Anniversary 7º Blog Aniversário 7th Blog Anniversary 8º Blog Aniversário 8th Blog Anniversary 9º Blog Aniversário 9th Blog Anniversary A Passage to India Actor Agave Attenuata Aging Airplane Al Pacino Alexander Scriabin Alice Munro Almoço em Agosto Altadena Hiker Altadena Hiker Blog Amanhecer Amigos Amizade Amusement Park Andrew Newell Wyeth Animais Animal's Books Animalia Kingdom Animals Aniversário Anne Shelton Annie Lennox Ano Novo Ano Novo. Music Anthurium Antiguidades Antique Kitchen Antiques Ants Antúrio Apartament Apartamento Armadillo Arnaldo Pomodoro Arranha-Céu Art Artesanato Artistas Artists Árvore Árvores As baleias de Agosto As Pontes de Madison ASP World Tour Ator Aurora Avaré Avenida Paulista Avó Avô Avós Azalea Azaléia Bandstand Barbatimão Barcelona Bauhinia variegata (Casco-de-vaca) Beach Ben Bain Ben E. King Bette Davis Billie Holiday Bird Birds Birthday Blog Blog Aniversário Blog Anniversary Blog Award Blog Break Blog Jokes BlogGincana BlogJokes Bob Sinclar Books Botanical Garden Brahma Brasil Brasília Brazil Brazilian Cherry Brazilian Handicraft Brenda's Blog Brian Wilson Bridge Brother Burrowing Owl Cable-stayed bridge Cachorros Cães Caetano de Campos Cambará Camel's Foot Tree Camouflage Campo Campo de Trigo Campos de Holambra Campos de Trigo Campos do Jordão Camuflagem Canastra Mountain Ridge Cantor Caraguatatuba Caramujos Caraúna Caricatura Caricature Carlos Carlos Paredes Carnaval Carneiros Carnival Carros Antigos Cartão Postal Casa Casa Antiga Casa Branca Casamento Casarão Casas Antigas Cat Caterpillar Cats Cattle Cavalo Cavalos Cecilia Bartoli Cedar Cedro Cedros Cenas Rurais Cerca Cercas Cerrado Céu Chema Madoz Childhood Children Chopi Blackbird Christmas Chuva Chuva-de-Ouro Cidades Circo Circuito Mundial de Surfe Circus Citação Cities Clint Eastwood Clotheslines Clouds Coimbra Comida Comidas Constantine Cavafy Conta Comigo Copa do Mundo Copan Building Copperpod Coreto Coruja Coruja Buraqueira Costela-de-Adão Country House Cows Cozinha à Antiga Crested Carcara Crianças Crochê Crochet Cuisine Culinária Cupins Dança Comigo? Shall We Dance David Hockney Dawn Death in Venice Desert Canyon Inger Desert Canyon Living Desing Destruction Destruição Dia das Mães Diana Krall Dogs Dogs and Cats Art Domingo Domino Dominó Duane Hanson Ducks Dusk Earth Earth - Landsat Earth as Art Ecological Day Eddie Vedder Edifício Copan Eduardo P. Lunardelli Edward Hopper Egret El Poder de la Palabra Elefante Elephant Emma Wallace Entardecer Envelhecimento Erik Johansson Escola Escola Caetano de Campos Escritores Escultura Escultura. Estado de São Paulo Estilo Estrada Estrada. Photo Friday Estradas Everybody's Talkin' Família Family Farm Farmers Father Fazenda Fazendas Feliz Aniversário Feliz Ano Novo Feliz Ano Novo 2012 Feliz Ano Novo! Music Feliz Natal Fence Fences Fences. Good Fences Feral Houses Ferdinand Cheval Férias Fernando Field Film Filme Filmes Fire Flamboiã Flamboyant Flame Vine Flor-de-São João Flôr-de-São-João Flora Flores Flowers Fogo Fome Food Footprints Footwear Formigas Fortaleza Fotos Fotos antigas Fotos de Família à Moda Antiga Freddie Mercury Friends Friendship Fruits Frutas Fun Fungi Fungos Fungus Futebol Gabriel Medina Gado Garça Garden Gata Gatos Gavião Carcará George Segal Giant Anteater Ginásio Golden Trumpet Tree Golden Trumpet Trees Good Fences Grades de ferro Graffiti Gran Torino Grandfather Grandmother Grandparents Great Aunt Grécia Greece Green Walls Guitarra Portuguesa Gustav Mahler Hábitos Esquisitos Habits Weird Happy Birthday Happy New Year Happy New Year 2012 Happy New Year 2013. Feliz Ano Novo 2013 Harry Nilsson Havaí Hawaii Henry David Thoreau Hera Hergé Heron Hibiscus High School História Real Holambra Holambra's Fields Holidays Homeless Horse Horses Horto Florestal de Avaré Horto Florestal Park House Humans of New York Hunger Ideal Palace Immortality Imortalidade Infância Internet Invasive plant Ipê Rosa Ipê-Amarelo Ipê-Rosa Irmã Irmão Iron railings Italy Itu Ivy J.Seward Johnson Jaboticaba James D. Griffioen Jamie Cullum Jardim Jardim Botânico Jardim Botânico. Botanical Garden Jato Jeff Koons Jerry Lee Lewis Jet Ski João-de-Barro John Barry John Seward Johnson II John Tenniel Johnny Mathis Josh Groban Jurumirim Dam Juventude Karin Bugge Katinka Matson Kites Krokalia Lagarta Lago Landscapes Leaves of Grass Leitura Leo Tolstoy Lichens Lichia Lillian Gish Lily Lindsay Anderson Líquens Líques Lírio Lisa Literatura Literature Little Daisy Livros Livros sobre Animais Lobo Lobo Guará Lobo-Guará Love Actually Lua Luchino Visconti Lucian Freud Lychee Lydia Davis Mãe Mãe. Mother Mamãe Mandarin Orange Maned-Wolf Manhattan Máquina de Escrever Marcos Valle. Paulo Sergio Valle Margaridas Mario Mariotti Mark Jenkins Market Matej Krén Matosinho Matosinhos Memória Memories Mercado Mercado Municipal Mercado Municipal de São Paulo Merry Christmas Meryl Streep Meu Jardim Mexerica Mid-August Lunch Milan Kundera Milano Marittima Mimetismo Mimitry Minha casa Misty Monastério de Santa Cruz Monastery of Santa Cruz Monstera deliciosa Montserrat Caballé Moon Morte em Veneza mosaic mosaico Mother Mother's Day Mouvies movie Movie Filme Movies Municipal Market Municipal Market of São Paulo Muros Verdes Múscas Music Music. Música Música Músicas Musics My Garden My garden. Meu jardim My house Natal National Dog Day Nature Natureza Neighborhood Neil Finn Nest Névoa New Year New York NewYear Nick Georgiou Nova York Nuvens O Céu que nos Protege Ocean Oceano Old Age Old Age and Aging Old Building Old Buildings Old Cars Old house Old Houses Old Man Old photos Older Orchard Orchid Orchids Orquídea Orquídeas Os Yankees Estão Voltando Oscar Niemeyer Ovenbirds Paddle Pai Paineira Painter Painting Paintings Paisagens Palácio Ideal Palettes of Colors Palm Tree Palmeira Palmeiras Pará Rubber Tree Parachutes Paranapanema Paraquedas Parque de Diversões Parque Trianon Party at the Palace Passagem para a Índia Pássaro Preto Pássaros Passeando Pata-de-vaca Patos Paulista Avenue Pausa no Blog Pearl Jam Pegadas Pets Photo Friday Photographer. Fotógrafia Photos Photos of Old Fashioned Family Photoshop Piano Pink Tabebuia Pintor Pinturas Pipas Pitanga Pitangueira Placas Planta invasiva Plantas e Animais Plants and Animals Playing For Change Poet Poeta Pomar Pond Ponte Ponte Estaiada Ponte Estaiada Octávio Frias de Oliveira Pôr do sol Pôr-do-sol Porto Portugal Portuguese Guitar Postcards Praia Praias Prédios Antigos Primavera Purple Glory Tree Quaresmeira Quiz Quote Rain Rain of Gold Rainstorm Rainy Weather Reading Reflections Reflexos Reino Animal Relax Relaxamento Remington Represa Jurumirim Rio Claro Road Roads Roadside Hawk Ron Mueck Roseman Covered Bridge Rua Ruas Rural Rural Scenes Ryuichi Sakamoto Salva Tela Samba Sandals with socks Sandra Bullock São José do Rio Pardo São Paulo São Paulo State Scanner School Scott Snibbe Screensaver Sculpture Sean Davey Sem teto Seringueira Serra da Canastra Serra da Mantiqueira Shadow Sheeps Sibipiruna Sign Simplesmente Amor Singer Sister Sítio Sky Skyscraper Skywatch Skywatch Friday Sleeping By Myself Snails Soccer Socrates Sócrates Sofia Sofia; Ipê-Rosa; Pink Tabebuia Solidariedade Solidarity Solitude Sombra Sonia Springtime Stand By Me State of São Paulo Storm Street Street Art Streets Style Succulent Suculentas Summer Sunday Sunrise Sunset Surf Surfe Tamanduá-Bandeira tango Tapeçaria Tapestry Tatu-bola Tempestade Tempo Tempo de Chuva Termites Terra Teste The Big Picture The Boston Globe The Bridge of Madison County The Mantiqueira Mountains The Sheltering Sky The Straight Story The whales of August Theo Jansen Thuia Tia Avó Tim McGraw Tom Jobim Tom Jones Toucans Traffic Trânsito Travelling blog Tree Trees Trianon Park Tucanos Typewriter Vacas Varais Varal de Idéias Vegetação Vegetation Velhice e Envelhecimento Velho Venice Vera Verão Verão. Tempo Vesper Video Vídeo Videos Vídeos Vincent Price Visitantes Visitors Vitória Vizinhança Vizinhanças Walking Walt Disney Walt Whitman Weather Wedding Wheat Field Wheat Fields Without You Wolf World World Champion Tour World Cup World Surf League Writers Yanks Yellow Flame Youth

Followers - Seguidores


Blog Widget by LinkWithin


View My Stats