The Weird, Stunning Architecture of Brasília

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The Weird, Stunning Architecture of Brasília
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Photo by Daniel Shea
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    National Museum of the Republic
    The rotating exhibits inside are reached via a swooping entrance ramp that lends a Space Age look to Niemeyer’s domed museum.
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    Superior Labor Court
    The highest labor court in Brazil, the Superior Labor Court is one of five high courts in the country.
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    National Congress
    The Brazilian Senate meets under the stately dome, one of Niemeyer’s most admired monuments. The two slender towers are filled with offices.
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    Cathedral of Brasília
    Some say architect Oscar Niemeyer designed the cathe­dral to resemble two hands raised to heaven; others see it as Christ’s crown of thorns.
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    Palace of Justice
    Niemeyer designed the Palace of Justice with waterfalls, which fall from the walls into ponds surrounding the building.
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    Tancredo Neves Pantheon
    The monument was built in honor of Tancredo Neves, the first elected president after decades of military dictatorship, who died in 1984.
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    Supreme Federal Court
    Niemeyer outfitted Brazil's supreme court with the same pillars he used at the Presidential Residence and the Presidential Palace.
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    Itamaraty Palace
    Niemeyer’s headquarters of the Ministry of External Relations is nicknamed the Palace of the Arches. The stone and glass struc­ture seems to rise out of a reflecting pool by landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx.
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