Itamaraty palace (Ministry of External Relations)

Itamaraty palace (Ministry of External Relations)

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The headquarters of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, Itamaraty, is named after the former ministry neoclassic headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, first capital of Brazil, originally owed by Francisco Jose da Rocha Leao, Count of Itamarati. In indigenours tupi language itá means stone, mará means sea and ty means water. Therefore, the word itamarati means water of rocky sea.
The Palace houses a magnificent collection of works of art, including paintings by Candido Portinari and the cube shaped Meteor, on the front reflecting pool, by Bruno Giorgio, composed of five marble blocks representing the five continents. Gardens designed by Burle Marx and antique and modern pices also decorate the interior palace. Highlights inside the building include tapestry, the historic painting O grito do Ipiranga, depicting the proclamation of the independence of Brazil, by Pedro Americo, and an mimmense hall with no columns on the ground floor, displaying an eliptical staircase.
Because of its arch-shaped facade, Itamaraty Palace was first designed as Arches Palace.
Hours: Mond Fri: 3pm to 5pm. Sat, Sun, Holidays: 10 am to 3:30pm

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