Palácio do Planalto, palace, Brasilia, BrasilPalácio do Planalto is the seat of the Brazilian Government.
The name means "Palace of the Plateau".
Brasilia was built on the Central Brazilian Plateau, a large area which covers a few States in central Brazil. Often Brasilia is referred to as "o Planalto".
The main working office of the President of the Republic is in the Palácio do Planalto. The President and his family, however, do not live in this palace; the official residence of the President is the Palácio da Alvorada. Besides the President, a few high advisors also have offices in the Planalto, including the vice-President and the Chief of Staff (one of the most influential Ministers in Brazil); the other Ministries are laid along the Esplanada dos Ministérios.
The Palace is open to visitations on Sundays only, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. The tours last 20 minutes.
The website of the Presidency offers this virtual tour around the Palácio do Planalto. It is difficult to see the President. Only in special occasions does the President walk up or down the ramp in the front of the Palace. More often, he is escorted into the Palace through the back door.
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