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A stroll from the hotel district will bring you to the National Museum, a windowless dome that would not look out of place on a Star Trek set.

The square has its own school, cinema, sports club and the charming little Fatima chapel designed to look like a nun's hat, the first building to be inaugurated in Brasilia.

Its airport is the country's third busiest, its income per capita the highest in Brazil, as is its divorce rate.


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Here are some tips for enjoying Brasilia from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.

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The favorite watersport is stand up paddle boarding or SUP (pronounced "soupie" by Brazilians). To rent windsurf or paddle boards, catamarans and kayaks, try Katanka next to the golf club and paddle under Brasilia's landmark three arch bridge over the lake.

For many, the nearby Foreign Ministry building, or Itamaraty Palace, is the most exquisite of Niemeyer's edifices thanks to its tall arches and a spiral staircase with no banister that curls down from the mezzanine into a column free entrance hall.

The model neighborhood had different sized apartments to house both government officials and workers a socialist vision shattered by reality as shanty towns formed around the planned city before it was even finished.

Brazilian capital has a man made lake so large that it sports more motor boats and sailing boats than many coastal cities.

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For something more exotic, head for Dom Francisco restaurant for delicious grilled "piraruc the largest fish in the Amazon river. Anthony Bourdain highlighted the prehistoric looking creature with black green scales on his travel and food TV show. Chef Francisco Ansiliero prepares piraruc with a Brazil nut sauce and tucupi, a yellow pur made from an extract of wild manioc that has to be boiled for hours to eliminate poison.

Fifty five years later, Brasilia's modern buildings designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer and laid out by urban planner L Costa are still imposing, an open air museum on UNESCO's World Heritage list.

There is no better place to escape to on a hot day in the dry season (May to November) for a jet ski ride or kite surfing when the wind is up.

Visitors to Brasilia vividly recall its vast cloudless skies that stretch to the horizon and awe inspiring sunsets. Catch a sunset aboard the Mar de Brasilia excursion boat and sip a beer while a guide recounts Brasilia's history on the 90 minute trip.

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If you want beef, the favorite food of Brasilia's inhabitants who are known as Brasilienses, the place to eat is Rubaiyat, which also has a superb wine cellar. Dig into a chunk of succulent Tropical Kobe Beef and enjoy the view of the lake.

Brasilia was built for people with wheels and its planners gave little thought to pedestrians. But the city center will be closed off to traffic on game days, allowing soccer fans to walk from the hotel district to the stadium.

The futuristic capital city built from scratch on savannah ranch land in the middle of nowhere was meant to open up the interior of Brazil and symbolize its rise as an economic power.

For the hip side of Brasilia, Universal Diner is great fun with its kitsch decor, vinyl LP placemats, 80s music and a pink Volkswagen Beetle hanging over the entrance. Chef owner Mara Alcamim serves an aphrodisiac dish called "sexy shrimp" with a brie and red caviar sauce accompanied by a strawberry and sage risotto.

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Niemeyer and Costa had in mind, grab a cab to Brasilia's Super Square 107/108 South (don't waste time trying to figure out the maddeningly complex though perfectly logical address system they devised for the city!).

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Politicians flee for their hometowns on weekends, but the one time provincial backwater has mushroomed into a bustling capital of 3 million people surrounded by growing high rise satellite cities and teeming slums.

Brasilia looks like a giant university campus at first sight.

Next is the Adidas Tracksuit Logo Metropolitan Cathedral, a Niemeyer masterpiece, even though he was a communist and an atheist. The roof is shaped like the crown of thorns Christ wore during his crucifixion. Bright light pours through a stained glass ceiling that seems to hover miraculously unsupported. Archangels hang in mid air. Most of the cathedral is below ground, with only the roof visible from afar.


At the end of the mall, Niemeyer buildings that house the three branches of government face off across a square dominated by the convex and concave roofs of the chambers of Congress. According to popular lore, the roof of the lower house is shaped like a bowl to collect the money politicians reputedly pocket.

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has no top level soccer teams, will host seven games during the World Cup starting in June, including Colombia vs Ivory Coast, Cameroon vs Brazil, Portugal vs Ghana, and a quarter final.

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Even if you are not an architect, don't miss Niemeyer's amazing buildings, which seem to float above the ground, lifted only by pillars that curve upward like hammocks.

Time for some grub. Your sunset cruise will drop you at the Pont a busy lakeside bar and restaurant area.

Brasilia boasts Brazil's second largest and most costly stadium, the 68,000 seat Est Nacional, a colonnaded arena that joins Niemeyer's edifices on the capital's civic mall.

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