São Paulo may appear overwhelming at first, but soon reveals its polite, welcoming, and hospitable character. It is one of the most popular cities and the financial centre of Brazil. The different nationalities and ethnic communities settled here since centuries have added their uniqueness to the indigenous culture and food. Of course, São Paulo, has a number of fantastic tourist attractions. Let’s get to know them now!
São Paulo Museum of Art
Locally known as MASP, the São Paulo Museum of Art is a point where one can check out the vast collection of European art, regarded as the finest in Latin America and all of the Southern Hemisphere. The building, an exemplary piece of work depicting Modernism, has been designed by Lina Bo Bardi – a prominent Brazilian-Italian architect. It has a library and documentation centre on art which includes traditional library materials.
The Ibirapuera Park is a prominent urban park with sports courts, bike track, restaurants, and many other interesting things. Set up in 1954, it is home to roughly 500 different plant species, including jatobás, carvalhos brasileiros (Brazilian oak), pau-brasil, and other species. On weekends, the Ibirapuera Park witnesses more than 50,000 visitors. It is open 24 hours for people of all age groups.
São Paulo Cathedral
São Paulo Cathedral is the main cathedral of the city. Only few may know but this is the biggest cathedral in Latin America. It has a length of 111 metres, width of 46 metres, and height of 92 metres. This neo-gothic structure can easily accommodate up to 8,000 people. Focusing on its interiors, the São Paulo Cathedral is adorned with stained glass windows, marble, and sculpted Brazilian produce such as coffee branches and exotic fruits.
Opened in 1911, the Theatro Municipal is commonly believed to be one of the city’s top architectural treasures and cultural attractions. It was designed by a Brazilian architect named ‘Ramos de Azevedo’ and two Italian architects; ‘Claudio Rossi’ and ‘Domiziano Rossi’. It is surprisingly similar to the Paris Opera. Amongst other things, you should have a look at the spectacular paintings by Oscar Pereira da Silva in Theatro Municipal.
Museu Paulista is a historical museum situated at the spot where Emperor Pedro I proclaimed the Brazilian independence on the banks of Ipiranga brook. Stepping into it, one can find and admire the large collections of costumes, paintings, decorative arts, and furniture belonging to the Imperial Period. The Museu Paulista was designed by Tommaso Gaudenzio Bezzi – an Italian architect.