|Alternative names||Palácio dos Arcos|
(Palace of the Arches)
|Elevation||1,172 m (3,845 ft)|
|Current tenants||Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
|Construction started||September 12, 1960|
|Inaugurated||April 21, 1970|
|Height||49.24 ft (15.01 m)|
|Design and construction|
The Itamaraty Palace (Portuguese: Palácio Itamaraty), also known as the Palace of the Arches (Palácio dos Arcos), is the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil. It is located in the national capital of Brasília. The building was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated on April 21, 1970. It is located to the east of the National Congress building along the Ministries Esplanade, near the Praça dos Três Poderes (Three Powers Plaza).
In Brazil, Itamaraty is generally used as a metonymy for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The name stems from that of the palace in Rio de Janeiro which was the headquarters of the ministry before the Brazilian capital and government were moved to Brasília.
Meteoro (Meteor), a marble sculpture by Bruno Giorgi
Dom Pedro I hall. The large painting on the wall depicts the coronation ceremony of Emperor Pedro I in 1822.
- A arquitetura do Palácio Itamaraty (1959-1970)[permanent dead link] Rossetti, Eduardo Pierrotti. Ministry of External Relations of Brazil. Retrieved on 2012-03-27. (in Portuguese).