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Pantheon of Democracy and Freedom, design of Oscar Niemeyer.

The Nations Pantheon Pante緌 da P嫢ria Tancredo Neves in Bras璱ia, the capital of Brazil, is a building dedicated to honoring the memory of Brazilian national heroes. It is one of 23 buildings in Bras璱ia designed by Oscar Niemeyer that were chosen by the architect himself to be listed as National Heritage Sites by Iphan, the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute.
The Pantheon consecrates ten national heroes who represent ideals of freedom and democracy, especially Joaquim Jos da Silva Xavier, known as Tiradentes, the Civic Patron of the Brazilian Nation.
Inaugurated on September 7, 1986 as part of the celebrations of Brazils independence, the Pantheon was built and donated to the Federal District by Funda誽o Bradesco. It is named after President Tancredo Neves (1910-1985), who was to be the first civilian president after two decades of military dictatorship in Brazil. Tancredo Neves, who was born in Minas Gerais, died on April 21, on the same day Tiradentes was killed in 1792.


Oscar Niemeyer is considered one of the most important names in international modern architecture. You can find many of his buildings with sensual curves in Brasilia.

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