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Major cities


Brasília, the capital of Brazil since 1960, was the world's first planned city. Brazilian architecture found its moment of glory in the monumental construction of the new capital.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, was discovered on January 1st, 1502 by Portuguese navigators who mistook the entrance of Guanabara Bay for the mouth of a river - thus its name, meaning "River of January".

São Paulo

Sophisticated, cosmopolitan and diverse, São Paulo is the New York of Brazilian cities. With a greater metropolitan population of over 17 million, São Paulo is the third largest city in the world.

Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte, the first modern Brazilian city to spring from an architect's drawing board, was especially designed for its role as the capital of the state of Minas Gerais.


Salvador da Bahia, the capital of colonial Brazil from 1549 to 1763, was for many years the jewel in the crown of the extensive Portuguese Empire.

Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre, the largest city in southern Brazil, is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, land of the Gachos and churrasco.

Recife and Olinda

Recife was built as a port city along tropical, white-sand beaches lined with palm trees. It is the capital of the northeastern state of Pernambuco.

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