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This review is a great opportunity to look at architectural landmarks of Sao Paulo from a new perspective – namely, from the sky. Click the video to enjoy a 3D flight over the architectural ensemble of Sao Paulo and to look at the most interesting landmarks in detail - at Sao Paulo Cathedral, Luz Station, Museum of Art, Municipal Market, Museum of Football and many others. Below you will find the most amusing historic facts and professional photographs of every famous sightseeing in Sao Paulo.

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.

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.

Municipal Market, Sao Paulo

» The Municipal Market of Sao Paulo is the place, where you can buy all kinds of fruit; that's unique not only in Brazil, but also in other countries of Latin America.
» The building of the market itself is the interesting sight built in 1933 by famous architect Francis de Azevedo Ramus.
» Amazing columns and arches of the market make the building an architectural monument. Walls of the second tier of the building are decorated with large colorful stained-glass windows depicting the Brazilians involved in cultivation and harvesting.
» The second tier of the market is rich in cafes and restaurants, where you can taste the local cuisine.
» The market is open from five o'clock in the morning to 4.00pm. The highest prices are at the entrance; they become lower as you move to the center.

Museum of Football, Sao Paulo

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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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