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Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo

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Address: Praca da Se, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
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A place of worship

The church is built in neogothic style and as interesting as any such buildings. So if you look for architectrual Grandeur, dont't go. But if you are in the city-center, it might... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2014
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Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
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Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The church is built in neogothic style and as interesting as any such buildings. So if you look for architectrual Grandeur, dont't go. But if you are in the city-center, it might be a place to rest and foucs. Even though the doors are open and the sounds of the city make the cathedral not as calm as one might... More 

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Hermosillo, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

What a beauty in the historic Sao Paulo Downtown. It's a gem and a landmark very representative of this massive city. All this area is interesting but at the same time try to be always alert because there are thefts walking around looking for naive turists. Fortunately nothing happened to us but I suspect one of them was chasing us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It is nice to see that the cathedral is actually used for worship and that the parish is a community that makes visitors welcome. The music and liturgy are excellent and the participation of the people is uplifting. It is located right on a square Praca and so there are lots of people in its environs. Important shopping streets meet... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Loved that it was a free attraction. Beautiful cathedral, the details on the outside on the side (little frogs and lizards) were a cute thing to see on a church. Just a breathtaking experience. I went back three times during my visit. The only kind of downside is that there are a number of homeless people living outside the steps... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The cathedral itself is not bad per se but I might be biased after having seen those of Europe. If this is your first cathedral it may be nice but otherwise seeing the jaw-dropping European masterpieces will dilute your experience in Sampa. The catacombs are not open for visit and there is not much to see. The electronic candles were... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The architecture of this cathedral compares to those in Europe. It is a nice place to rest and feel at peace. Since it is a church you will find many beggars sitting on the stairs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Really worth a visit. It was one of the nicer things to see in Sao Paulo and the area really isn't as bad as everyone says. Highly recommended

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malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

we go there by walk just to see this cathedral... inside you can also take photos of the art and design !! but at out side you need to be very careful cuz there is a lot of people sleeping out side and looking for theft you !

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South Bend, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I went here with my fiancée and her family. The drive there is great because you get to go through some cool streets/neighborhoods, but as soon as we got to the front square the environment/feel changed. We were instructed by natives of São Paulo to leave our wallets, watches, rings, and any other valuables in the car with the driver... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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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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Se
Sé, which derives its name from Sé Square, is a central neighborhood in historic São Paulo. Close by, the Law School, the Museum of the Court of Justice and the Metropolitan Cathedral offer inspiring architecture. If you are looking for cultural activities, head to Caixa Cultural and check the schedule. In the area there is a popular pedestrian street called “Rua Direita”, one of the first streets in the region, which today marks the crowded perimeter. Sé is a great area to explore during daytime, but use caution if visiting alone at night.
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