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Palácio do Planalto

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Planalto Palace
Palácio do Planalto
The Planalto
General information
Architectural styleModernist
LocationPraça dos Três Poderes, Brasília
Elevation1,172 m (3,845 ft)
Current tenantsJair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil
Construction startedJuly 10, 1958
InauguratedApril 21, 1960
ClientBrazilian government
OwnerBrazilian government
Height65.65 ft (20.01 m)
Technical details
Floor count4 (above ground)
1 (below ground)
Floor area36,000 m2 (390,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectOscar Niemeyer
Other information
Parking500 vehicles (underground)
CriteriaCultural: (i), (iv)
Designated1987 (11th session)
Part ofBrasilia
Reference no.445
State PartyBrazil
RegionLatin America and the Caribbean

The Palácio do Planalto (Portuguese pronunciation: [paˈlasju du plaˈnawtu]) in Brasília is the official residence and workplace of the President of Brazil.[1] The building was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1958 and opened on April 21, 1960. It has been the residence and workplace of every Brazilian president since Juscelino Kubitschek.


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The Palácio do Planalto has lots of art made by different artists who are important in Brazil's modern art. Some of these artists are Burle Marx, Bruno Giorgi, Di Cavalcanti, and Athos Bulcão.[2]

As for the furniture, on the ground floor, there are comfy chairs designed by Jorge Zalszupin. On the second floor, there's a fancy marble table made by Anna Maria Niemeyer, along with some stylish armchairs called "Beto" by Sergio Rodrigues, and an old mining table from the 19th century. The Supreme Meeting Room has chairs by Sérgio Rodrigues and a table by Oscar Niemeyer. On the third floor, you'll find the "Marquesa" by Oscar Niemeyer and a Wooden Table by Anna Maria Niemeyer. There are also other pieces of furniture throughout the Palácio do Planalto that make it look nice and simple.

On 8 January 2023, supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed and invaded the Praça dos Três Poderes in Brasília, taking over the offices of the Supreme Federal Court, National Congress of Brazil and the Palácio do Planalto.[3] The event was seen as an attempted coup d'état to overturn the election results of the 2022 general election.[4]


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  1. Palácio do Planalto Archived 2011-03-01 at the Wayback Machine Presidency of Brazil. Retrieved on 2009-07-19. (in Portuguese).
  2. "Palácio do Planalto". Planalto (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2024-05-14.
  3. Nicas, Jack; Spigariol, André (8 January 2023). "Bolsonaro Supporters Lay Siege to Brazil's Capital". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2023.
  4. Bowman, Emma (8 January 2023). "Security forces regain control after Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil's Congress". NPR. Retrieved 9 January 2023.