Architectural Pilgrimages: Brasilia


Architectural Pilgrimages: Where And Why

Architecture is an Art that has created many beautiful, inspiring, and enchanting structures. There are many different purposes for architecture ranging from trying to make the most of small spaces to creating large skyscrapers full of small office spaces, quaint little cottages embedded into hillsides to mega mansions that stand out and glow prestige, and also from buildings designed for labour to designs meant only for leisure. There are many varieties of architecture but the most luring and magnificent are the unique designs built for eye. Here is the first of our series on architectural pilgrimages;


Oscar Niemeyer, one of the key pioneers of modern architecture, is the artist behind the number one, as well as many close runners up, architectural attraction of Brasilia. The Catedral Metropolitana, one of his many futuristic pieces of artistic architecture in Brasilia, is sawing spectacle, shining out of the centre of busy Brasilia.  The work is well in line of Niemeyer’s attitude to architecture who is quoted as having once exclaimed;

“I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein”

Brasilia Cathedral

There are many other architectural wonders to visit here such as the Temple da Boa Vontade. The artwork is beautiful for its inclusivity of all faiths and cultures. It is a place where both religious and non-religious people can pray or meditate or simply enjoy the peace and serenity of the world.16422711514_f67a19bb0b_o

Igrejinha N.S De Fatmia church is a simplistic chapel also designed by Niemeyer. Its interior was decorated by famed Brasilia artist Athos Bulcao and it was Bulcao who is responsible for the tiling. It is an example of how small; well designed buildings can be just as wondrous as large, lavish designs.