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Itamaraty Palace

Brasilia, Brazil
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The Itamaraty Palace (Portuguese: Palacio do Itamaraty) is the headquarters of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil. It is located in the national capital of Brasilia. It is located to the east of the National Congress building along the Ministries Esplanade, near the Praca dos Tres Poderes.

"With arches reflected in a mirror of water with islands of tropical plants, the headquarters of the Foreign Office has the appearance of a palace built of glass. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and situated next to the Square of the Three Powers (Praca dos Tres Poderes). With its works of art integrated into the architectural scheme with spans extending to 30 and 36 metres, a spiral staircase linking the floors and indoor gardens designed by the landscape painter, Roberto Burle Marx, the building is considered to be a masterpiece of contemporary architecture.

As the focus of Brazilian foreign policy, the building has a facade that is adjacent to a sculpture by Bruno Giorgi symbolizing the union between the five continents and is acclaimed as a symbolic view of Brasilia. In addition, the building incorporates unusual features such as marble walls by Athos Bulcao; works depicting Brazil in previous centuries by foreign artists such as Frans Prost, Jean-Baptiste Debret and Rugendas; it houses a great collection of objects and works by Brazilian artists. The Palace is open to visitors daily."(note by the photographer Victor Scherrer)