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Metropolitan Cathedral of Sao Paulo

Se Square / Subway, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Ranked #65 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Type: Religious Sites
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The cathedral is uninspiring, it might be OK if you are into religious buildings. The square in front is full of hustlers and homeless people. Go to Cultural CAIXA in the opposite end of Se instead.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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37 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I'm from São Paulo - born and raised. It pains my heart to say but Catedral da Sé, São Paulo's ground zero and once an imponent and eyeful symbol of our city, is a dangerous place to be. I've been warned by police to hide my watch and avoid using my cell phone in the area. Some gospel wackos preach... More

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67 reviews 67 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If you have time to spent in the city of Sao Paulo, you must visit the Cathedral, it is stuning!!! Excelent location. Be carefull with the poor people asking for money, there are a lot of them.

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London, United Kingdom
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104 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This cathedral would be the Notre-Dame for Paris. Located at the middle of Sao Paulo, this cathedral represents the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Paulo. The history of the Cathedral of São Paulo goes back in time to 1589 and later on, Its construction, in Neo-Gothic style, began in 1913 and ended four decades later. It is extremely beautiful and... More

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auburnyellowrose
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Be forewarned! While the interior of the Cathedral is amazing, only take what you need and keep it on you at all times. There are MANY pick pockets around here and many drug addicts and homeless - while no that shouldn't deter you, it should keep you on guard. Enjoy the church with its amazing architecture and peaceful areas for... More

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São Paulo
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Make sure to go there during the day, avoid taking pictures while in the outside, keep an eye out for your personal belongings, and don't give money to the beggars. Yet, this Cathedral is still worth visiting, not only for its magnificent construction, but also for its beautiful Sunday mass.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This very large cathedral was built not so long ago.It is impressive, quite bright inside, and the stained glass windows as well as the side mosaics are worth the trip. If catholic, it might be nice to attend mass here, probably very nice acoustics for a choir. The Praca in front of the cathedral is a perfect frame for taking... More

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Chengdu, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

which can be seen, for example in the stone. It gives a sense that the Paulistas wanted a big big church, but fast. The placement and quare leading up the the catedral is impressive.

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north carolina
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171 reviews 171 reviews
74 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This is a beautiful cathedral but much more modern than you'd find in Europe. It should not be missed though. And don't miss the amazing mosaics on either side of the church.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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79 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

I visited specifically the Cripta, under the church. It worths the visit! It´s beautiful, bigger than one can guess, and there one can find many tumbs of ex-bishops, but most of all the tumb of a famous indigenous - Tibirica - that in some way helped portuguese people to conquer the place. Also there is the tomb of Bartolomeu de... More

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