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Brasilia - The Epic Guide

Somewhere in the middle of the twentieth century former president Juscelino Kubitschek decided to take a piece of desert and turn it into Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Up to then, it had been Rio De Janeiro, but Kubitscheck wanted to move the capital to the centre of the country, and since there wasn’t really a city there, he made one. Consequently, Brasilia is one of the few cities built from scratch, based on a complete masterplan. As an architect, my boyfriend wanted to visit Brasilia for so long. This summer, we made it there and he was very excited to finally see this manmade heritage in real life.

It’s funny to discover how illogical a city feels that was built to be completely logic. Apart from the amazing architecture that was mostly constructed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, there is not a lot to see in Brasilia. To that extent even, that I can’t imagine living there. At all. Restaurants are expensive, life seems to happen in malls. The city hardly has any public transport and few taxis, hence the traffic is kind of hellish. That being said, Brasilia is definitely worth a stop. There really is nothing like it in the world.

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