Brasilia is “one of a kind” city in Latin America. It is a radiant example of modern urbanisation. Brasilia is perhaps one of the few countries in the world that does not posses more than a half-century-old history to its credit. Bereft of any colonial hangover, imperial remnant or ancient culture, Brasilia is a planned city in the Federal district. Located in the central western part of the country in the State of Goiás, this capital city of Brazil is heart of the country in true sense.
Brasilia came into existence in the middle half of the twentieth century when the Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek ordered the construction of the city to move the capital from Rio De Janeiro. A brainchild of urban planner Lúcio Costa and chief architect Oscar Niemeyer, the houses, office premises, gardens and hotels of Brasilia were built over a four years time. Today, it is the only capital city in the world built in the 20th century and since 1987, Brasilia is granted the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. Situated between the banks of Preto River and the Descoberto River, the residents of Brasilia are always at loggerheads on the issue whether the city is in shape of a butterfly or an aeroplane. Plush accommodations, innovative architectures, vibrant restaurants and bed and breakfasts deck up the city landscape.
The pristine white Cathedral building, Don Bosco Sanctuary and Palácio da Alvorada (Palace of Dawn) that is the official residence of the President are some of the few attractions of the city. The bustling campuses of the University of Brasília and Centro Universitário de Brasília support the city’s high literacy rates. Students from all over Brazil come to Brasilia and put up at one of the chic hostels or sometimes take one of the apartments for rent, which seems more reasonable.