Itamaraty Palace

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Itamaraty Palace
Palácio Itamaraty
Main façade of the Itamaraty Palace and its reflecting pool
Itamaraty Palace is located in Brasília
Itamaraty Palace
Location in the Plano Piloto of Brasília.
Itamaraty Palace is located in Brazil
Itamaraty Palace
Itamaraty Palace (Brazil)
Alternative names Palácio dos Arcos
(Palace of the Arches)
General information
Architectural style Modernist
Location Brasília
Country Brazil
Coordinates 15°48′3.6″S 47°52′1.2″W / 15.801000°S 47.867000°W / -15.801000; -47.867000
Elevation 1,172 m (3,845 ft)
Current tenants Ministry of External Relations
Construction started September 12, 1960
Inaugurated April 21, 1970
Client Brazilian government
Owner Brazilian government
Height 49.24 ft (15.01 m)
Technical details
Floor count 3
Design and construction
Architect Oscar Niemeyer

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).

The word "Itamaraty" is a word originating from the Nheengatu language. According to Navarro, it means "river of small stones", by joining ita (stone), Bantam (small) and ty (river).[1] The name was also used for the former headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1899-1970) in Rio de Janeiro.


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  1. ^ Navarro, E.A. Dicionário de tupi antigo: a língua indígena clássica do Brasil. Sao Paulo. Global. 2013. p. 573.

Coordinates: 15°48′04″S 47°52′01″W / 15.801°S 47.867°W / -15.801; -47.867