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Planalto Palace
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Planalto Palace which includes modern architecture, a pond and chateau or palace

Appreciate modern style and simple elegance in design while you learn about the office of Brazil’s most important figure.

Observe the awe-inspiring design and the unforgettable significance of the Planalto Palace. This must-see destination lies at the heart of Brasília along the Monumental Axis and functions as the office for the Brazilian president. Take a relaxing stroll around its grounds, savor its visual beauty and enjoy the ceremonial changing of the guards.

Planalto Palace was built in 1960 along Brasília’s Monumental Axis as a major component of Oscar Niemeyer’s plan for a sleek, modern city. It is located in the Three Powers Plaza and symbolizes the executive third of the balance of power, with the other estates being the judiciary and the legislative. Admire this core piece of Brasília’s drive to provide fair and balanced government.

Aesthetically, the palace presents interesting architectural beauty. Take a walk around its minimalist grounds that feature straight-edged ponds, giant cylinders and an impressive wide ramp that is used as the front entrance. Admire Niemeyer’s unique design for the building, which is based around using thin columns to create the illusion that the building touches the ground only at minimal points.

One of the more colorful features of the palace is the uniform of the guards, who serve to protect the president. See them change posts frequently throughout the day.

Although the exterior is worth the trip in itself, visit on Sundays for the bonus of exploring the palace’s interior. Guided tours operate on Sundays only and are available in many languages. Enjoy learning from informative guides about the details and history of the building, including the fact that its name, which literally means “Palace of the Plateau,” refers to the flat plateau land that covered this region before the city was created.

For additional treats, visit surrounding government buildings like the National Congress or stop by the palace at night, when the columns are lit up in brilliant yellow.

Check online for language availability on tours. Access the Planalto Palace by bus or drive and use the ample parking space provided.

Top Hotels Close to Planalto Palace

Hotel Esplanada
Hotel Esplanada
3 out of 5
7, Av. Rabelo , Vila Planalto, Brasilia, Brasilia, Brasilia
The price is $19 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Vila Planalto, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Lake Paranoa and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Embassy of the United States. Palace of Justice and Liberty ...
3.8/5Good! (12 reviews)
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Hotel Vila Planalto
Hotel Vila Planalto
2.5 out of 5
Av. Rabelo, 17, Vila Planalto, Brasilia, Distrito Federal
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Located in Vila Planalto, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Planalto Palace and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Embassy of the United States. Lake Paranoa and Palace of ...
3.9/5Good! (34 reviews)
Breakfast super!!
"Excellent, all the employees very attentive, and helpful"

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Pousada Ipê Da Vila
2.5 out of 5
Av. Belém Brasília, Vila Planalto, Brasilia, DF
The price is $30 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Vila Planalto, this pousada is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Lake Paranoa and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Embassy of the United States. Planalto Palace and Palace of ...
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Hotel Esplanada
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3 out of 5
7, Av. Rabelo , Vila Planalto, Brasilia, Brasilia, Brasilia
The price is $19 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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2.5 out of 5
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2.5 out of 5
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4.5 out of 5
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2.5 out of 5
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2 out of 5
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2.5 out of 5
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