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Three Powers Square is huge and there are many buildings and monuments on it. Here we have two samples of Niemeyer.
In 1960 Jnio Quadros, a populist president, was elected. He got the power with a project against corruption and an idea to rule with popular power. Few months after his government he resigned, saying it was impossible to rule Brazil with the powers he had as a president, in fact he wanted a big popular movement to give him a whole control of the nation. He left Braslia with this hope, because the vice president was a communist, and he thought people would be afraid of the vice-president and would give him back the total power. It was a big error of calculation, nobody minded about his act and the other leftist president took the power and after some years this one was removed by the power by the army, creating a military government that lasted 21 years.
These two monuments are linked with this history. In the foreground you have the monumental dovecote. It is told Lady Elo, wife of Jnio Quadros, became sad because the pigeons of the square had no place to stay and asked to Niemeyer to built this dovecote, nicknamed "clothespin". Jnio hated Braslia and left the government few months after being the president, this dovecote is the only building he created during his government, because his error Brazil crossed many decades without democracy.
In the BG you can see the Fatherland Pantheon, created in 1986 in the shape of a pigeon (a snail for me), celebrating the end of military dictatorship. I will tell the history of this building tomorrow.
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A Praa dos Trs Poderes enorme e tem vrios monumentos e e peas de arte. Vemos aqui mais duas obras de Niemeyer.
Em 1960 Jnio Quadros, um candidato populista, foi eleito. Ganhou o poder com um projeto contra a corrupo e queria governar com apoio do povo. Poucos meses aps entrar no governo ele renunciou dizendo que no havia como governar a nao sem ter plenos poderes. Ele achava que o povo iria impedir que ele deixasse o governo e lhe daria todo o poder que desejava, mas errou. O vice-presidente era de esquerda e poucos anos depois foi removido pelas foras armadas e se instalou o governo militar que durou 21 anos.
Esses dois monumentos esto ligados nossa histria, no primeiro plano vemos o pombal que Dona Elo, a esposa de Jnio, mandou fazer para abrigar os pombos da praa, tem o apelido de o pregador de roupas e de fato o nico prdio que Jnio fez durante seu curto governo. Ele que detestava Braslia.
Ao fundo est o Panteo da Ptria, de 1986, criado para celebrar o fim da ditadura militar e tem o formato de uma pomba (para mim parece um caracol). Falarei mais desse prdio amanh.

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