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National Museum, Brasilia. Had a great exhibition about Japan and the samurai.
Had another day in the centre today.  Tim dropped us off behind the Metropolitan Cathedral, as it opens at 8am, so though we'd start there.  The building is a big, open space with a modernistic altar and aluminium angels flying from the ceiling.  The glass panels in the roof are coloured, but many had started to fall out.  Overall, the cathedral is looking quite run down and tatty, but Tim says that they are looking into renovating it at the moment - the argument is about who's going to pay for it!!  Outside the cathedral are huge bronze sculptures of the 4 Evangelists, and a very modernistic carrillon donated by Spain.
Next stop was the National Musuem, which is currently showing an exhibition of Japanese screens, caligraphy, enamel ware and samurai outfits.
The Metropolitan Cathedral with the Carrillon.
  The exhibition is in honour of the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese migration to Brazil.
We then walked down to the Foreign Affairs building, but couldn't go in as they were preparing for a visit by the President of Costa Rica.  The building sits in the middle of a small lake, and we spotted a heron in amongst some of the reeds.  The gardener was watering his plants while we were there - he goes out in a small boat and then tips bucket loads of the lake water into the plant beds, good thinking!  At the bottom of the "plane" we went into the Lucio Costa Exhibition Space to look at some information about the creation of Brasilia - it includes a scale model of the city which covers almost the whole floor.
The Metropolitan Cathedral and the 4 Evangelists.
  Across the plaza is a memorial to the people who explored and developed Brazil, but it was closed for renovations so couldn't go it.  Also didn't go into the Federal Court, but saw the 'Justice is Blind' statue outside, a stone carving by Alfredo Ceschiatti.  As we walked across the plaza to the Presidential Palace, we were stopped by a line of security guards.  Next thing, a marching band of soldiers comes out of the palace and place themselves in front of it, along with two columns of the presidential guard.  We stood around waiting for quite a while, then saw the Costa Rican President meet the Brazilian President and go inside.  They also had a flag-raising and 21 gun (cannon) salute, so quite impressive.  As we walked back up the road, army trucks towing the cannons drove past us.
Inside the Metropolitan Cathedral, note the flying angels.

On the way back up towards the centre, we passed the Palace of Justice, but couldn't see much within, apart from some very space-age silver tiles on the internal walls.  Outside has a serious of waterfalls cascading of platforms that jut out from the building - very cooling in the heat of the day.  In the median section of the main avenue near here is the Congress Building, with its 'flying saucer' dishes on top, which represent the two houses of parliament.  Apparently you used to be able to walk on the roof of the building, but no more (unless you're the maintenance man).
We went to the shopping centre near the bus station for lunch, then caught the bus back to Tim's place - another hair-raising adventure courtesy of the daring drivers of Brazil!
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National Museum, Brasilia.  Had a …
National Museum, Brasilia. Had a…
The Metropolitan Cathedral with th…
The Metropolitan Cathedral with t…
The Metropolitan Cathedral and the…
The Metropolitan Cathedral and th…
Inside the Metropolitan Cathedral,…
Inside the Metropolitan Cathedral…
Some of Brasilias commercial buil…
Some of Brasilia's commercial bui…
The Foreign Affairs Building.
The Foreign Affairs Building.
O Justica outside the federal co…
'O Justica" outside the federal c…
The Warriors in the Praca dos Tr…
'The Warriors' in the Praca dos T…
The dovecote in the Praca dos Tres…
The dovecote in the Praca dos Tre…
Part of the soldier/band formation…
Part of the soldier/band formatio…
Members of the Presidential Guard.
Members of the Presidential Guard.
The Presidential Guard at the rais…
The Presidential Guard at the rai…
Local colour from the national tre…
Local colour from the national tr…
The Justice Palace with its cascad…
The Justice Palace with its casca…
The Congress Building, the legisla…
The Congress Building, the legisl…
A row of ministerial office buildi…
A row of ministerial office build…
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