This amazing mid-century building is the official residence of the President of Brazil but it is open to the public who wish to visit this Oscar Niemeyer-designed masterpiece. It was built in 1957 and 1958.

Needless to say, because the building is the home and official office of the president, tours are limited but well worth the trip. You can visit the palace on Wednesday afternoons and as road and foot traffic is naturally restricted in the area, you’ll need to join an official tour.

The palace has over 160 employees and is protected by the Presidental Guard so we’re fortunate that the public is still able to visit. It’s an honour normally restricted to heads of state!

This video is not in English but the visuals say it all. The subtitles will help you get the gist of the commentary.

Also not in English but this video lets us see something of the interior of the building.

How to Find the Palácio da Alvorada

Palacio da Alvodora

Unnamed Road –
Palacio da Alvorada –
DF, 70297-400,




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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