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Culture of Sao Paulo. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Ponte Estaiada - Sao Paulo - Brazil The Brazil Avenue concentrates the most remarkable architectural landmarks of the city of Sao Paulo. The main symbol of the city and its main site is the Nossa Dama Brasil Church. The ancient catholic church features a rather unique style. An impressive building with two cupolas resembles a typical orthodox cathedral. Tourists should visit and estimate its inner decoration which is kept unaltered for many years. A perfect place for hiking is the Japan Town of Sao Paulo. First immigrants appeared in the city for more than a hundred years ago. Today the tourists will discover plenty of popular shops and restaurants in the area apart from a great variety of original buildings and constructions. The main symbol of the area is the Viaduto do Chá (the Tea Bridge).
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The bridge opening was held in 1892 and since that time the original construction of the bridge has been preserved in its initial look. A part of the construction, the bridge is made of, was purpose produced by the best engineers of Germany. The most popular and visited cultural establishment of the city of Sao Paulo is a famous pictorial art gallery named the Pinacoteca do Estado which was established as far back as in 1905. Spacious halls of the gallery host hundreds of priceless works of pictorial art by masters of 19th-20th centuries. An excursion through the halls of the Pinacoteca will turn to an amazing experience and visitors will have a chance not only to observe and estimate marvelous pictures but to get a deeper insight into the culture and history of art of the country.
To go on learning the artworks of prominent painters tourists should pay a visit to the Sao Paulo Museum of Art which is housed in a building of a university of Sao Paulo. Apart from antique pictures the museum keeps a rich collection of engravings and fine prints, photos, sketches and sculptures. The museum often holds exhibitions of works by modern artists of pictorial and statuary art. Another cultural establishment offering the same exciting collections of artworks is the Galeria Jacques Ardies. Apart from age-old masterpieces the gallery keeps a rich collection of artworks by contemporary masters. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Another landmark known far beyond the boundaries of the city is the Ipiranga Imperial Museum which collection counts more than 125 thousands of showpieces. The exhibition of the Museum offers amazing collection of antique furniture of the imperial period, various objects of art and precious fineries. The museum is housed in a magnificent palace which is of great architectural significance as well. After the exploration of the collections of the museum tourists will have a chance to hike along scenic lanes of marvelous park which impresses by a diversity of amazing lawns, stunning floral compositions and charming fountains.
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Sao Paulo Cathedral, Sao Paulo

» The Sao Paulo Cathedral is the Catholic cathedral of Sao Paulo, one of the largest neo-Gothic churches in the world.
» The history of the cathedral dates back to 1589, when it was decided to build the main church of the colony in the small village of Sao Paulo. Construction of the present cathedral began in 1913 and lasted for almost half a century; the cathedral was consecrated in 1954. Towers were finished only in 1967.
» That’s the largest religious building in Sao Paulo, as it has a height of 111 m and a width of 46 m.
» The building of the cathedral was constructed in Gothic Revival style with Renaissance-style dome. About 800 tons of marble were used for interior design. Small capitals are decorated with coffee beans, pineapples and animal figures.
» The crypt of the cathedral located under the main altar houses the underground church decorated with marble sculptures. There are the tombs of bishops and archbishops of Sao Paulo.

Museu Paulista, Sao Paulo

» The Museu Paulista in Sao Paulo was created to preserve the memory of the proclaiming of Brazilian independence.
» Today, the museum's collection of Paulista consists of approximately one hundred thousand historical objects of various kinds. The museum has antique furniture and clothing accessories, famous historical figures, as well as works of art.
» The library that has a huge book collection of 100 thousand volumes and 40,000 manuscripts is situated in the same building. Its room contains all sorts of historical documents.
» The most popular work of art in the museum is Independence or Death by Pedro America.
» The Museu Paulista is one of the main attractions that you must visit. The museum has entrance fee.

Luz Station, Sao Paulo

» The Luz Station is the railway station in the district of Luz in Sao Paulo. It was built in the late 19th century. The station is a terminal for commuter trains and subways of Sao Paulo, bringing together many of the lines of both systems.
» For decades, the station has dominated above the urban landscape, and its clock served to check all watches in the city.
» The Luz Station is an architectural monument showing the influence of traditional architecture. In many ways it defined the face of the city.
» The Luz Station is also known for its interactive museum of Portuguese Language that was open on the third floor in its building in 2006.
» The aim of the museum is to create a living representation of the Portuguese language and to educate visitors through its unusual aspects.

Museum of Art, Sao Paulo

» The Museum of Art is one of the most famous and important museums in Latin America; furthermore, it's one of the most visited venues in the world.
» The museum area of 10,000m2 contains 8,000 works of art.
» The Museum of Art was founded by journalists Assis Chateaubriand and Pietro Maria Barda. Its modern building opened in 1968 was designed by the architect Lina Bo Bardi.
» Two colonnades support 9,200-ton building shaped in form of 74-meter cube.
» The museum has one of the best Western art collections in Latin America.

Museum of Football, Sao Paulo

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Museum of Football is the venue dedicated to the football theme. The museum is set in front of the municipal stadium, the area between the monumental facade and rear rack is of 5,600m2.
» The Museum of Football is dedicated to the national sport; it's not associated with any particular club or fan group.
» The Museum of Football includes multimedia space, a memorial gallery of the best Brazilian players, a room dedicated to the fans and journalists, the studio audience for discussions about sports, clubs and shops, a multimedia room, a restaurant and a cafe.
» The museum features permanent exhibits, which are monitored and updated by researchers such as radio holdings or offices providing statistics on Brazilian players abroad.
» Every year the museum attracts many visitors not only from Sao Paulo, but also from across the country and around the world.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Sao Paulo

Parque do Ibirapuera
Where: Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, Jardins, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 5740 884;
Memorial da America Latina
Where: Av. Auro Soares de Moura Andrade 664, Sao Bento, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 3823 4600;
Museu Afro-Brasileiro
Where: Parque do Ibierapuera, Gate 10, Jardins, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 5579 0593;
Museu Arte Brasileira / FAAP
Where: Rua Alagoas 903, Higienópolis, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 3662 7198;
Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM)
Where: Parque do Ibirapuera, Gate 3, Jardins, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 5549 9688;
Pinacoteca do Estado
Where: Praça da Luz 2, Luz, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 2299 844;
Catedral da Sé
Where: Praça da Sé, Centro, Sao Paulo;
Casa das Rosas
Where: Av. Paulista 37, Paraíso, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 3251 5271;
Mosteiro de São Bento
Where: Largo de São Bento, Centro, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 3328 8799;
OCA
Where: Parque Ibirapuera Gate 3, Jardins, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 5574 5505;
Pátio do Colégio / Museu Padre Anchieta
Where: Pátio do Colégio 2, Centro, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 3105 6899;
Parque Zoológico de São Paulo
Where: Av. Miguel Stéfano 4241, Água Funda, Parque do Estado, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 5073 0811;
Planetário
Where: Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, Gate 10, Parque Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo; Telephone: +55 011 5575 5206;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Sao Paulo
♥   Palace 'Palácio dos Bandeirantes' , 9.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palácio Monroe' , 15.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palácio do Anhangabaú' , 47.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palácio da Conceição' , 83.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Sao Paulo and around
♥   Art museum 'São Paulo Museum of Art' São Paulo, 2.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM)' São Paulo, 4.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'University of São Paulo' São Paulo, 9.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Sao Paulo
♥   Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, São Paulo, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral Nossa Senhora do Líbano, São Paulo, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral Armênia São Gregório Iluminador, São Paulo, 2.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral Melquita Nossa Senhora do Paraíso, São Paulo, 2.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basílica Nossa Senhora da Penha, São Paulo, 9.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral Santo Amaro, Abade, São Paulo, 13.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao, Guarulhos, 13.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Sao Paulo. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Sao Paulo: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Sao Paulo. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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