Itamaraty Palace

Coordinates: 15°48′02″S 47°52′02″W / 15.800556°S 47.867222°W / -15.800556; -47.867222
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Itamaraty Palace
Palácio Itamaraty
General information
Architectural styleModernist
AddressMonumental Axis, Bloco H
Town or cityBrasília, Federal District
Coordinates15°48′02″S 47°52′02″W / 15.800556°S 47.867222°W / -15.800556; -47.867222
Current tenantsMinistry of Foreign Affairs
Year(s) built1960–1970
Inaugurated20 April 1970 (1970-04-20)
ClientBrazilian government
OwnerBrazilian government
Height15 m (49 ft)
Diameter84 m (276 ft) × 84 m (276 ft)
Technical details
Floor count3
Design and construction
Architect(s)Oscar Niemeyer
EngineerJoaquim Cardozo
Reference no.1550

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.


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