UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationFederal District
CoordinatesS15 46 59.988 W47 53 60
Inscription Date1987
Property (ha)11,269
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsIdentity/ social cohesion/ changes in local population and community
All ThreatsLegal framework
All ThreatsImpacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
Unesco Reference Number445
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionBrasilia, a capital created in the centre of the country in 1956, was a landmark in the history of town planning. Urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer intended that every element – from the layout of the residential and administrative districts (often compared to the shape of a bird in flight) to the symmetry of the buildings themselves – should be in harmony with the city’s overall design. The official buildings, in particular, are innovative and imaginative.
StatusWorld Heritage Site