Thursday, July 16, 2009

Brasilia, Brasil

For a long time i lived with the ignorance that the capital of Brasil is Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. But surprise surprise, its Brasilia. And even after all this time, i still cant get used to it :)
I mean, first of all, Brasilia sounds much more like a country name, than a city one.
Second, i dont know if its the same with the rest of the world, but the majority of things Brazil related i get to hear, are about Rio or Sao Paulo, and its incomparable to the amount of things i get to hear about Brasilia. So, no wonder i still find it hard to comprehend that Brasilia has the honour to be the city's capital.

Hmm, ive seen this bridge on other postcards, from a different angle, and i have to say that it didnt look as appealing to me as on this card. I dont know if its coz of the aerial view, but it just seems so fascinating to me! I LOVE it!!
This is the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, also known as the President JK Bridge, named after a former Brazilian president,Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, who in the late 1950s decided to build Brasília as the new capital of the country.
It consists of three 60m (200ft) tall asymmetrical steel arches that crisscross diagonally. With a length of 1,200 m (0.75 miles), it was completed in 2002 at a cost of US$56.8 million. The bridge has a pedestrian walkway and is accessible to bicyclists and skaters.

Heey, did you hear that?! Accessible to cyclists!! Mmmm, would love to go by bike over it, back and forth...

The main span structure has four supporting pillars submerged under Lake Paranoá, and the deck weight is supported by three 200-foot tall asymmetrical steel arches that crisscross diagonally. The decks are suspended by steel cables alternating at each side of the deck, interlacing in some kind of twisted plane (parabolic like).
From what i could read, the bridge has also received numerous awards, regarding architecture.Well, deserved i must say...its really amazing and just unique!

This stamp was issued in 2008, with its Primary Theme of Economy and Industry, portraying the 200th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family in Brazil - Ministry of Finance

1 comment:

SOe said...

I came to your blog via Postcrossing and your mail asking for a swap with me. You sure love your cards :-) Very interesting posts and cards. As a civil engineer, I just love the picture of this bridge! Greetings from the now warm and sunny Iceland, sonjaiceland