A guide to the official residence of the President of Brazil

Palácio da Alvorada, leonelponce/Flickr

The Brazil President’s official residence is Palácio da Alvorada. It’s situated in the national capital, on a peninsula at the borders of Paranoá Lake. The designer of Palácio da Alvorada was Oscar Niemeyer. This was the first dedicating building in Brasília, in 1958. Juscelino Kubitscheck named it. The meaning of the name is “Palace of the Dawn“. This palace is a symbol of the current movement of Brazilian architecture, the country’s technical and cultural progress. The columns of this building became symbol of the city. It is present in the flag as well as on the coat of arms of the capital.


The Alvorada’s access is firmly controlled. Visitors cannot tour in it. A member of the Dragons of Independence constantly guards the Palace. Visitors have to stop their car outside the main gate, about 300 meters far from the Palace; they can take pictures only from this distance.

View of Palácio da Alvorada , ©ricardomoreleida/Flickr

Ground floor

The presidency is using the ground floor for official receptions. There you can find the Entrance Hall, Waiting Room, Library, State Room, Dining Room, Mezzanine, Music Room, Noble Room and Banquet Room.

Entrance Hall

This is the main entrance. It is the area where people can go into the palace.

Waiting Room

This room is beautiful. Concessa Colaço made the tapestry of it entitled Manhã de Cores. You can find two paintings here by Vicente do Rego Monteiro – and a work of art made by Carlos Scliar.

Palácio da Alvorada, ©leonelponce/Flickr

State Room

Here you can find contemporary and antique things mixed.


The book collection embraces 3,406 literary works from philosophy, arts, politics and history general and Brazilian history, inter alia.


This is a circulation area. From here, you can go into the Entrance Hall, the Library or into the Noble Room.

Dining Room

This room was attaching in 1992. It furnished with a table and 12 English chairs in Chippendale style and 2 more tables that are Brazilian.

Noble Room

This room has four sections decorated with two Victor Brecheret’s sculptures, entitled Morena and Saindo do Banho.

Music Room

This room is between the Banquet and Noble Room. Here are two sets of sofas separated by a grand piano. In the back stand statues of Saint John the Evangelist (17th century) and Saint Joachim (18th century).

Banquet Room

Anna Maria Niemeyer designs the Banquet Room. Here is a large dining table and fifty chairs, a cedar dresser from 19th century, and two chests from the beginning of the 20th century.

Palácio da Alvorad’s garden, ricardomoraleida/Flickr

Second floor

This floor is the presidential part of the palace. Here are the presidential apartment, guest apartments and other private rooms.

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