World's Most Beautiful Buildings
Courtesy of EMBRATUR
National Congress Hall, Brasilia, Brazil
probably works better as a Modernist sculpture garden than as a city, but if
there is one piece of it that best represents the whole, it’s Congress Hall. Architect
Oscar Niemeyer’s colonnaded marvel, with its grand sci-fi entrance ramp, skinny
twin towers, and two bowl-shaped meeting halls (one for the Chamber of Deputies
and one for the Federal Senate), treats the business of government as a
monumental work of art.
Just Skin Deep: Go inside and check out the Green Hall (named for the color of the carpet and
the Brazilian flag), with its collection of paintings, sculptures, and
decorative screens by renowned Brazilian artists.