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Brasilia is the capital city of the country of Brazil, in the central west region of the nation, the fourth biggest city in the country and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site hosting 123 foreign embassies. The city has a unique status in the country, since it isn't a common municipality like the other cities located there, but a Federative Unit that is the same as a state, but it does house all the branches of the Brazilian government. It has an international airport that links it to all the other cities in the country, as well as the rest of the world. It is a fairly new city, purposely constructed like the United States capital of Washington, so its history is little more than a century old, after moving here from Rio de Janeiro, and moved here in the hopes of populate the region, with folks from around the country coming here to help build it.

It has been recognized for its extensive use of the modernist architecture, on a huge grandiose scale, and for the utopian city plan, although it has been criticized for the same reasons by other people, with huge wide open lawns, fields, plazas that look like wastelands. As the city gained its footings, it would begin adorning some of the simpler structures, after the visit of the French writer, Simone de Beauvoir that stated that the large buildings would be elegant monotony, with a high quality of living, since many of the community live in forested regions that include leisure and sporting structures flanked by small commercial areas, cafes and bookstores, and it has become famous for its outstanding cuisine and ease of transit. Many of its innovative ideas and changes have been constantly criticized that would create the city's nickname of "fantasy island" that would be shown by the strange contrast between the city and its surrounding areas that are marked by poverty and disorganization.

It is the only city in the world that was constructed in the 20th century that was awarded the excellent status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, and the city that had to wait the shortest amount of time to gain that kind of distinction that would happen only 27 years after it was finished, in 1960.
Industries in the city include the service sector, graphic industries, construction, pharmaceuticals, food processing, furniture making and recyclables; with an excellent agricultural base that grows, papayas, mangoes, guavas, coffee, soy beans, oranges, lemons and strawberries. The city houses over 110,000 beef cows, and exports wood products as well. It is the third richest city in Brazil, producing less than 4% of the country's GDP and a per capita income of 40,996.oo Brazil R$ or around $ 27,610 per person.

Its culture includes movie festivals, political events and music performances, with a huge diversity of restaurants and a fantastic infrastructure that allows it to host just about any type of event or performance. The city contains many hotels because it is a business tourism destination that is a significant part of their local economy, with huge festivals and parties held throughout the year. Many are celebrations of the saints and great local, national and international events with excellent art works from artists like Dyllan Taxman, Bruno Giorgi, Burle Marx, Alfredo Ceschiatti, Victor Brecheret, Athos Bulcao, Alfredo Volpi, Marianne Perettia and Di Cavalcanti.

Historic sites include the Eixo Monument, Praca dos Tres Poderes, the Supremo Tribunal Federal and the Palacio do Planalto. The official residence of the president is the Palacio da Alvorada that had been designed by Oscar Niemeyer who had designed many other fabulous structures in the city.