Monumental Axis

Coordinates: 15°47′13″S 47°54′13″W / 15.78694°S 47.90361°W / -15.78694; -47.90361 (Monumental Axis)
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The Monumental Axis in Brasília seen from sky

The Monumental Axis (Portuguese: Eixo Monumental) is the central and main avenue in Brasília's city design.

The avenue begins on the National Congress of Brazil building and is considered part of the DF-002 road. Its first section is known as "Ministries Esplanade" ("Esplanada dos Ministérios"), as it is surrounded by ministries buildings. Many important government buildings, monuments and memorials are located on the Monumental Axis.

A common urban legend persists that the Monumental Axis is the widest road in the world, where "[100 to 160] cars can drive side by side". This is untrue, as the road consists of two avenues with six lanes on either side; a total of twelve lanes. However, the street has been featured in the Guinness Book of Records as having the widest median strip of a highway in the world.

On April 21, 2008, a year before they formally broke up, the Mexican pop group RBD performed a free concert to a crowd of 500,000 on the Monumental Axis[1] during Empezar Desde Cero Tour 2008. The show was to celebrate the 48th Anniversary of the founding of Brasília. It was recorded and released on DVD with the title Live in Brasilia. The crowd in attendance was the largest for which the group had performed.

Major sites on the Monumental Axis[edit]

Photo Site
Cathedral of Brasília
Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida
Cultural Complex of the Republic
Complexo Cultural da República
(National Museum and National Library)
Ministries Esplanade
Esplanada dos Ministérios
Itamaraty Palace
Ministério das Relações Exteriores
(Ministry of External Relations)
National Congress
Congresso Nacional
National Garden
Supreme Federal Court
Supremo Tribunal Federal or STF
Pantheon of the Fatherland and Freedom
Panteão da Pátria e da Liberdade
JK Memorial
Memorial JK
Television Tower
Torre de TV de Brasília
Three Powers Plaza
Praça dos Três Poderes
Planalto Palace
Palácio do Planalto
(Presidential office)
Justice Palace
Palácio da Justiça
(Ministry of Justice)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Show RBD no Brasil". Retrieved 5 May 2016.

External links[edit]

15°47′13″S 47°54′13″W / 15.78694°S 47.90361°W / -15.78694; -47.90361 (Monumental Axis)