The National Museum of the Republic, situated along "Eixo Monumental," or Monumental Axis, avenue, next to the Cathedral of Brasilia, in Brasilia, Brazil, Sept. 21, 2010. Brasilia was inaugurated fifty years ago as Brazil's new capital, a city built from scratch on arid savannah in the almost geographic centre of the country. Conceived by architect Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa, it remains one of the world's largest ready-made cities, and arguably the most controversial.
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