2013: Traveller memories III: Brasília - Capital of Brazil 3

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Janaveda @janaveda
· October 2019 · 6 min read · Brazil · #traveladvice

Hello travelers,

With this publication I will finish the report on the iconic city of modernity, Brasília, and then dedicate myself first to Manaus, and then briefly to Sāo Paulo and Sāo Jose Do Campos.

In previous publications, I briefly showed you my experience as an incidental tourist, who sought to find time on a tight and strenuous work tour to take a look at the city.

Obviously, I think that because of the quick and short of the getaways, many sites were left without visiting in depth, there is nothing like enjoying a planned trip only with the interest of knowing and experimenting, this would perhaps involve more than a week, of course, as long as the pocket allows. However, I discovered and surely many of you will agree with me, that each trip has its charm and generates its own anecdotes.

For this reason, I decided to make this chronicle avoiding as much as possible the selfies to focus on those places that you also want to visit in person and that this review could become a reference.

Brazil's religion and cultural: Architecture

Panoramic photo of the National Library of Brasilia Leonél Brizola
Panoramic photo of the National Library of Brasilia Leonél Brizola

Usually, I was freed from work activities in the middle of the afternoon, so I had a few hours of light to contemplate this laureate city.

It is necessary to enter into context to guide those who read me for the first time and mention that Brasilia is a city erected in the twentieth century, which in April of next year will turn its first sixty years. It has an avant-garde and functional architecture, its streets are wide and the design of the city resembles a bird seen from the air.

Brasilia is the seat of the federal government of Brazil and has a multi-ethnic diversity that represents the country. UNESCO declared it in the mid-80s of the last century as a cultural heritage of humanity, which constitutes it in the only modern city with that distinction.

If you want to have a general approach about tourism, sports and government architecture, I invite you to review my reports in Travelfeed.io for Brasilia.

View of the sunset in Brasilia
View of the sunset in Brasilia

The purpose of the getaway on this occasion was the cultural and religious complex of Brasilia. Located approximately at the shoulders of the great bird that simulates the city. The complex are the library, the museum and the cathedral.

In that sense, I walked, starting from the emblematic TV tower parallel to the hotel where I was staying, approximately two thousand meters along the sidewalk of the main avenue in the direction of the square of the three powers.

National Library of Brasilia Leonél Brizola
National Library of Brasilia Leonél Brizola

The first thing I found was the National Library, a beautiful white rectangular building surrounded by ample spaces. Unfortunately for me, the entrance to the public was already closed. I stopped and took several photographs of the building, I think it is modernly beautiful.

The metal cyclist of the Cultural Complex of Brasilia
The metal cyclist of the Cultural Complex of Brasilia

I continued on my way and in parallel to the national museum, there was a tin cyclist watching where the sun sets. The whole area had a minimalist aspect that conveyed serenity, another aspect that surprised me was not seeing crowds in the wide avenue, everything was in order.

National Museum Honestino Guimarães
National Museum Honestino Guimarães

Look at the left side of the national museum, you will observe in the distance the twin towers of the square of the three powers.

National Museum Honestino Guimarães
National Museum Honestino Guimarães

The half spherical shape with its aerial access ramps of the national museum between the rectangular buildings of the public administration, give the sensation of being before a giant table full of geometric objects.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia
Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia

I turned my gaze diagonally and walked towards the cathedral, I knew I was on the eve of the night's arrival and I would have to hurry if I wanted to take a look inside the cathedral.

Side view of the Monumental Axis
Side view of the Monumental Axis

Interestingly, my route along the Monumental Axis, considered the widest avenue in the world, a reason for the traveler to visit the city, I observed several empty buses parked at the edge of the sidewalk, it was already almost 6 p.m. One day Tuesday. Where were the people?

Areas surrounding public administration buildings
Areas surrounding public administration buildings

I also observed how few people were walking along a path that I suppose should be covered with grass.

Statue of the evangelist Mark
Statue of the evangelist Mark

At the front of the cathedral were the statues of the evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are dark in color, about four meters high. I had read on the internet that they were three meters tall, but when I stood next to it, I knew it was not true, the statue was more than twice my height. I measure at 1.75 meters high.

Night view of the entrance ramp to the Cathedral of Brasilia
Night view of the entrance ramp to the Cathedral of Brasilia

The statues demarcate the path to the ramp that descends to the entrance of the temple. The dome is made of glass and reflected shades of blue, green and dark brown. I guess at noon it must be a spectacle of colors.

Left side three statues of the evangelists
Left side three statues of the evangelists

Looking carefully at the statues I asked myself: If there are four evangelists, why Mr. Oscar Niemeyer, did not place two on both sides? One on the right side and three on the left side. Surely there will be a symbolism. The evangelist Mark occupies the lonely place, as if telling us that he is the source for the rest of them. Just a theory of mine.

It was already past 6 pm, there was no religious service, the interior was practically empty. Being almost at the close, time was pressing but it was enough to see the details that characterized the temple.

View of the Altar of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia
View of the Altar of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia

Replica of the Pieta by Michelangelo and statue of Pope John Paul II
Replica of the Pieta by Michelangelo and statue of Pope John Paul II

Ceiling inside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia
Ceiling inside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia

Some angels hung from the center of the ceiling. Their sizes varied: one of the angels was small of similar proportions to an average person, the other large whose height was similar to the statues of the evangelists and one with intermediate height between those described. How heavy would they be?

Night view of the National Museum Honestino Guimarães
Night view of the National Museum Honestino Guimarães

When leaving the metropolitan cathedral there was a police patrol and when walking about fifteen meters I saw diagonally, the museum and the TV tower in the west direction of the Monumental Axis.

I walked back, I couldn't get lost, my reference point was the big tower.

The DEVASSA Cerveceria
The DEVASSA Cerveceria

Once back at the hotel, a light rain fell over the city, I took a shower and getting dressed I went out to the hotel lobby. In a while, a countryman residing in the city would pick me up for drinks and chat a little.

The DEVASSA Cervecería
The DEVASSA Cervecería

The brewery is a spacious but cozy place with good service but the really attractive are not its beers, which by the way are excellent, nearby there is a park that has a phenomenal view of the emblematic bridge of Brasilia that bears the name of the president of Brazil in whose management founded the city.

Night view of the Juscelino Kubitschek bridge
Night view of the Juscelino Kubitschek bridge

After a pleasant talk contemplating the beautiful bridge, proud of the architectural work not only of Brasilia but of the Amazonian country, I returned to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.

I hope you have liked this series of three reviews on modern Brasilia.

Our next destination is the city of Manaus, capital of the Amazon.

Thank you very much for reading me.

See you soon.

Photographs:

Camera/Smartphone: SRL Nikon 3100 and HTC One S

Category: Cityscape - Modern urbanism

Location / Date: Brasília - Brazil / May 28, 2013

Setting: Automatic

Edition: No

Photographer: @janaveda


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