Built from scratch between 1956 and 1960 to give the nation a new capital, Brasilia is the epitome of urban legend.
Today Brasilia is a mecca of modernist design with several Oscar Niemeyer works as well as the striking Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge designed by Alexandre Chan.
Given its exceptional design, Brasilia is best appreciated from the skies. While the city is known for its hot air balloon meets, the observation deck of the 224m Brasilia TV Tower also offers fine panoramas.
When it comes to dining, one of the more eccentric offerings on the menu is the Universal Diner in Asa Sul. The décor features everything from Sesame Street memorabilia to a dangling VW Bug.
While difficult to pinpoint its purpose at first glance, Brasilia’s most striking building serves, in fact, as a cathedral. An Oscar Niemeyer creation, the glass structure is supported by a colossal twelve-column frame which shoots upwards, embracing the heavens.
For a more natural wonder, one of South America’s most iconic birds can be spotted not too far from the downtown bustle. Brasilia National Park, a protected tropical cerrado (savannah) is habitat of the common toucan and lies just 6 miles (10km) from the city.
Brasilia hosts Switzerland vs Ecuador on Sunday 15 June, Colombia vs Côte d’Ivoire on Thursday 19 June, Cameron vs Brazil on Monday 23 June and Portugal vs Ghana on Thursday 26 June.
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