Sao Paulo Brazil
Sao Paulo overwhelms the senses with its sheer size. With over 10 million inhabitants, it is the world’s third largest city and the largest in South America. Sao Paulo and its rival Brazilian city, Rio de Janeiro, have often been compared to New York and Los Angeles respectively. If Rio has gained fame for its striking natural setting, Sao Paulo’s attraction lies in its people and its vibrant cultures. The Avenida Paulista’s canyon of upthrusting skyscrapers only hints at the city’s sources of energy. A more cosmopolitan city than its counterpart, Sao Paulo possesses significant ethnic minority communities, including substantial Japanese, Italian, and Arab and Lebanese Christian neighbourhoods.
Having the largest economy by GDP in Latin America and Southern Hemisphere, the city is home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange. Paulista Avenue is the economic core of São Paulo. The metropolis is also home to several of the tallest buildings in Brazil, including the building Mirante do Vale, Edifício Itália, Banespa, North Tower and many others. The city has significant cultural, economic and political influence both nationally and internationally. It is home to several important monuments, parks and museums such as the Latin American Memorial, the Ibirapuera Park, Museum of Ipiranga, São Paulo Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Portuguese Language. The city holds high profile events, like the São Paulo Art Biennial, the Brazilian Grand Prix, São Paulo Fashion Week and the ATP Brasil Open. São Paulo hosts the world’s largest gay pride parade. It is also the headquarters of the Brazilian television networks Record, Band and Gazeta.
The array of nationalities living in Sao Paulo have made it a legendary city among gourmands: Japanese, Italian nuova cucina, Brazilian, Chinese, Jewish, and Arab restaurants are all familiar parts of the city’s landscape. Brazil’s famously good beef is put to good use at the numerous rodizios and churrascarias. Succulent, roasted cuts of meat are circulated around the tables and cut to patrons’ order. In fact, people often visit Sao Paulo just to dine out. The Jardins district is the center of the dining scene, and thus the center of the Sao Paulo social scene. Paulistanos eat late–restaurants often don’t begin serving until 9pm or 10pm, and it is common for them to stay open until 3am.
Top 10 Most Popular Attractions In Sao Paulo
1.) Sé Cathedral
The best starting-point for a tour of São Paulo is the old town on the hill between the Tamanduateí and Anhangabaú valleys. On the centrally situated Praça da Sé is the neo-Gothic Cathedral (Sé), built on the site of an earlier cathedral. The building of the Cathedral took 24 years, but it was finally consecrated in 1954, on the 400th anniversary of the foundation of São Paulo. On the façade are statues of Old Testament prophets and Christ’s disciples. The stained glass windows depict the history of Catholicism in Brazil.
Many Italian, French and Hungary Artists Contributed to Decorate the Cathedral´s Interior. The 2 Towers has almost 100m Height.
Don´t miss the Underground Crypt, its practically another Church with Bishops´Graves and Marmol Scuptures. It costs only R$4, Monitored Visiting any time from 9AM to 16h30PM.
The Cathedral is located at Se Square which is the Zero Milestone in Sao Paulo. Numbers from a Street Address, for example, Increase as Long as it gets Distant from this Place. Also, its an Important Place for Popular Manifest.
2) MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo)
São Paulo has many great museums, but MASP is the city’s best art museum. It holds the finest collection of Western art in Latin America and hosts fantastic temporary exhibitions.
Masp is one of the finest art galleries in São Paulo. The building is very modern and the excibitions are aways breath taking. It contains the most impressive collection of European art in South America. Works by Rafaello, Botticelli, Goya, Monet and Van Gogh, to name a few, are on display. The modern building housing the museum, with its four red pillars supporting the body of the structure, is considered a city landmark. It was completed in 1968 and designed by the architect, Lina Bo Bardi.
On Sundays, the area around MASP on Avenida Paulista hosts two great outdoor markets. The space under the museum becomes a huge antiques market, and the space across the street is a handicrafts market where great street food is sold.
3) Sao Bento Basilica
If you like churches, the Sao Bento Basilica is a must see in Brazil. Visited by the pope in 2007, it has amazing architecture and an organ that houses 6000 sound pipes. Services are held on Sunday at 10am and there are gregorian chants at 7 in the morning.
Its detailled architecture is gorgeous and when they decorate for weddings, its beautiful.
A nice thing to do is listen to the gregorian mass (Saturdays 6AM and Sundays 10AM) and then buy a delicious manioc bread or special cakes prepared by the monks.
Brazil has the largest number of Japanese living outside Japan of any country in the world, Many Japaneese people came to Brazil after the 2WW, and many of them stablished in Sao Paulo. The Japanese neighborhood, called Liberdade, is a fun place to explore and see how the influence of Japan has influenced Brazilian life here and, of course, try some great food. On Sundays, an enormous market takes place in the public square of Liberdade, and thousands of people from around the city attend.
It´s a nice place to visit, it´s like a little part of Japan in the huge Brazil. The shops, the restaurants, the people, everything reminds Asia here.
There is a market next to Liberdade metro entrance on sunday mornings where you can taste japaneese food in a good prize or buy asian handmade souvenirs.
5) Ibirapuera Park
Ibirapuera Park was laid out by Burle Marx, with buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer. With an area of 1.8 million sq.m (2.2 million sq.yds), the park is a leisure paradise for the people of São Paulo, with a lake, fountains, children’s playgrounds, keep-fit trails, a roller-skating rink and an open-air theatre for concerts and other musical events; but with its numerous monuments, museums and administrative buildings it is also of great architectural and cultural interest.
The park is on Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral, which can be reached by way of Avenidas Manuel da Nóbrega, Brasil, 23 de Maio, Ibirapuera and Brigadeiro Luís Antônio and a number of other streets.
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