Friday 12 July 2019, 22:52

Brasilia (Gama)

The satellite city of Gama, where the Estadio Bezerrao is located, is 30km from Brasilia, the country’s capital and home to some 2.5 million people.

With its construction only beginning in 1956, Brasilia has become a symbol of 20th century urbanism and modern architecture. Conceived by the architect Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa, it was inaugurated in 1960. Here are just some of the highlights that visitors can enjoy:

  • The works of Niemeyer: the city boasts a series of globally renowned buildings designed by the legendary Brazilian architect, with the Palace of Justice, the Cathedral, the National Museum of the Republic, and Itamaraty Palace among his finest creations.

  • The Catetinho: today it is a public museum in Gama, but it was purpose built to be the official residency of former president Juscelino Kubitschek, who made Brasilia the country’s capital in 1960.

  • Paranoa Lake: a wide range of water sports and boat trips can be enjoyed on this artificial lake, while the many bars, restaurants and walkways dotted along its shoreline also make it a popular destination.

  • City Park (Parque da Cidade): spanning 420 hectares, this is the largest urban park in Latin America and offers great walking, a range of sports, children’s play areas as well as open-air activities.

  • Pirenopolis: visitors to this 18th-century city located 115km from Brasilia can take in period homes, centuries-old churches, original crafts and beautiful walks.

  • Estadio Mane Garrincha: with a capacity of 72,000, this is the second largest stadium in Brazil and was host to seven games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.