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THE PLACE:
Created by the president Juscelino Kubitschek, the city of Brasilia is a site to be seen. People often refer to it as one gigantic monument where people live. Built out of nowhere and planed from scratch to be the capital city of a country seeking new horizons.

Built on the central region of Brazil, Brasilia has a pretty harsh climate. It has dry winters and wet summers. In the dry part of the year Brasilia's air humidity can go as low as the ones in the Saara Desert, and months can pass without a single drop of rain. On the other side, Brasilia's summers are full of rain. It is common to see rain falling every single day for a full month. One common saying in Brasilia is that if it rains too much on the Wet Period, than a very Dry Period is coming.

The city design is credited to Lucio Costa, but the vast majority of buildings are creations of the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

One exception is the Brasilia TV tower, who is a direct creation of Lucio Costa. The construction started on 1965 and ended on 1967. The tower has 224m and houses many transmission equipments.

THE PHOTO:
Pretty standard photo in technical terms. I used the trees as part of the composition, since I could not frame the whole tower. It was early in the morning and I was going for my University. It was one of those foggy and rainy days, so common in the Wet Period of the year. I had to stop my car and take a picture of it. It was nice, cause it gave me the opportunity to take a rather unique shot of the tower, quite different from the more "beatiful skies" type of photo so common to the TV Tower. We can see it disappear on the low clouds.

CURIOUS AND USEFUL FACTS ABOUT BRASILIA AND THE TOWER OF TV:

- You can see on the picture that till a certain point the tower has a wide pillar on its center. It is actually a elevator shaft. The elevator is used to visit both things in the Tower: The Gems Museum and the Observatory.

- If you are visiting Brasilia than don't forget to go on the TV tower. For free you can take the elevator and go for the Observatory at 75m above the ground and get an outstanding panoramic view of the city. Don't miss the chance to see an sunset up there.

- Most of the photos you see of Brasilia are taken on the Dry season. In those times the skies are clear and the sunsets are simply breath taking. But you don't need to be on the dry part of the year to take good photos? Visiting Brasilia on a more wet and foggy time? Don't be afraid of a few drops of water. Go out and shoot like crazy! You won't get those traditional postcards pictures, but you will end up with some very untraditional pictures. Some of Brasilia's buildings can look very impressive in a rainy day.

(As always: Sorry for any orthographic or grammatical errors. English is not my main language).

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