The Itamaraty Palace (Portuguese: Palácio Itamaraty), also known as the Palace of the Arches (Palácio dos Arcos), is the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil. It is located in the national capital of Brasília. The building was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated on April 21, 1970. It is located to the east of the National Congress building along the Ministries Esplanade, near the Praça dos Três Poderes (Three Powers Plaza).
Itamaraty Palace and its reflecting pool
|Alternative names||Palácio dos Arcos|
(Palace of the Arches)
|Elevation||1,172 m (3,845 ft)|
|Current tenants||Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
|Construction started||September 12, 1960|
|Inaugurated||April 21, 1970|
|Height||49.24 ft (15.01 m)|
|Design and construction|
The word "Itamaraty" is a word originating from the Nheengatu language. According to Navarro, it means "river of small stones", by joining ita (stone), Bantam (small) and ty (river). The name was also used for the former headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1899-1970) in Rio de Janeiro.
- Navarro, E.A. Dicionário de tupi antigo: a língua indígena clássica do Brasil. Sao Paulo. Global. 2013. p. 573.
- A arquitetura do Palácio Itamaraty (1959-1970) Rossetti, Eduardo Pierrotti. Ministry of External Relations of Brazil. Retrieved on 2012-03-27. (in Portuguese).
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