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Brasilia, “Cidade Ceu / the Heavenly City”

The dream to create a new capital for Brazil started in 1846, when the country gained independence from Portugal.
In the 1550s and 60s, under president Kubitchek, was built the futuristic capital city of Brasil, in the dry plains of Central Brasil, 600 kilometers away from the nearest coast.
Brasilia’s creators, Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa created a vast piece of contemporary art and a utopian model of an egalitarian modern city. It was built in a very short time with the help of thousands of workers who built the “superquadras” which divided the city into living, working and entertainment sectors.