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The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo
Ranked #1 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Category: Civic Centers

The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo is based at the imposing building of the railroad Sorocabana, nowadays, home of the Symphony Orchestra of the State of São Paulo... more »

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Ranked #2 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Museums; Educational Sites
Owner description: Located in a Victorian-era structure reminiscent of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Catavento Cultural is chock-full of... more » Owner description: Located in a Victorian-era structure reminiscent of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Catavento Cultural is chock-full of interactive, hands-on exhibits and educational activities for children. Subjects covered include space, wildlife, geography, the human body and society. They are presented in action-filled, engaging fashion for the little ones. The surrounding neighborhood can be a bit sketchy, so taking a cab is recommended. « less
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Ranked #3 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Theaters

The Municipal Theatre of São Paulo was born cradling the dreams of a growing city with industry and coffee in the early twentieth century. In 1898 the city had lost to a fire the... more »

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Ranked #4 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Ranked #5 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Category: Museums; Art Museums

The building occupied by the State Art Gallery was designed by Ramos de Azevedo in 1897 to house the School of Arts and Crafts, an institution formed technicians and craftsmen to... more »

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Ranked #6 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Category: Museums
Owner description: One of the few museums in the world dedicated to a language, the Museu da Língua Portuguesa (Museum of the Portuguese... more » Owner description: One of the few museums in the world dedicated to a language, the Museu da Língua Portuguesa (Museum of the Portuguese Language) exposes speakers and nonspeakers alike to the sinuous, fluid sounds of Brazil's beautiful mother tongue. Even though the exhibits and installations are all in Portuguese, newcomers to the language can pick up its rhythm and flow through videos, recitations and interactive presentations designed to facilitate communication across linguistic barriers, highlighting the multicultural nuances the language has acquired over the centuries, as well as its European origins. « less
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Ranked #7 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Occupying the historic headquarters of Brazil's largest bank, the CCBB features an ever-changing program of art exhibitions,... more » Owner description: Occupying the historic headquarters of Brazil's largest bank, the CCBB features an ever-changing program of art exhibitions, photography, theater, documentaries and feature films, and other engaging cultural manifestations. The building itself is a Baroque jewel, situated in the old financial district of São Paulo, and avant-garde events, such as a recent blaxploitation film retrospective, keep the CCBB on every hip Paulistano's cultural agenda. « less
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Ranked #8 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Category: Parks
Owner description: The emerald heart of an oftentimes gray city, São Paulo's Parque do Ibirapuera offers respite from the urban madness among... more » Owner description: The emerald heart of an oftentimes gray city, São Paulo's Parque do Ibirapuera offers respite from the urban madness among cool, shady trees and mentally-stimulating structures. Running trails, bike paths, and yoga and capoeira sessions let locals and visitors alike keep fit, while a clutch of museums and galleries — such as the museums of Modern and Contemporary Art, all designed by master Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer — gives the brain a good workout. The impressive Museu Afro Brasil and fiery Auditório Ibirapuera are two of the park's treasures. « less
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Ranked #9 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites

 The Sao Bento Monastery was established in São Paulo in 1598, when there were only Jesuits and Carmelites, in the very same place where it remains nowadays. From the original... more »

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Ranked #10 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Calm, green and refreshing, the city's botanical garden, situated inside the immense Parque do Estado on the south side of... more » Owner description: Calm, green and refreshing, the city's botanical garden, situated inside the immense Parque do Estado on the south side of town, provides a beautifully appointed sanctuary for thousands of tropical plant and animal species. The garden opened in 1938 to preserve part of the remaining Atlantic coastal forest, and it functions as a research facility focusing on Brazilian flora and fauna. The garden also shelters the source of the Rio Ipiranga, which figures heavily into national patriotic lore. « less
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Ranked #11 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Situated on the grounds of the city's sacred Art Deco sports masterpiece — Pacaembu Stadium — the Museu de Futebol (Soccer... more » Owner description: Situated on the grounds of the city's sacred Art Deco sports masterpiece — Pacaembu Stadium — the Museu de Futebol (Soccer Museum) pulls in kids and adults alike with its thoughtful, thrilling interactive exhibitions. History and memorabilia from “The Beautiful Game” mark the story of the sport as it is played in its spiritual home and even visitors not enamored of the sport find the eye-catching displays and poignant photographs engrossing and enlightening. « less
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Ranked #12 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Ranked #13 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Art Museums

The Pinacoteca Station is a place of art exhibitions in the city of São Paulo, maintained by the State Government of São Paulo. It is located in the city center, in the Luz... more »

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Ranked #14 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Architectural Buildings
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Ranked #15 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Neighborhoods

The Jardim District is one of the main sights of the city, due to the presence of several luxury stores of international brands, museums, restaurants, bars, flats and hotels. The... more »

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Ranked #16 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #17 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Forests

The Cantareira State Park is just 20 minutes from the center of Sao Paulo. It was divided into four cores, and because it is a unit of Environmental Conservation, it has a rich... more »

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Ranked #18 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Concerts
Daily 9am-6pm
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Ranked #19 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Category: Art Museums
Owner description: Elevated over a concrete platform used for concerts and a weekly crafts fair, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo Art... more » Owner description: Elevated over a concrete platform used for concerts and a weekly crafts fair, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo Art Museum, abbreviated MASP) is itself a work of art; the building is an imposing Modernist box suspended under two bright red concrete supports. Featuring classical European names such as Gauguin, Goya and Gainsborough, the museum also holds one of the largest collections of Brazilian and other Latin American artists on the continent. « less
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Ranked #20 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Inaugurated in 1891, the Paulista Avenue went from elegant residential area to the financial center and a major cultural corridors of the capital. Walk it - even by underground... more »

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Ranked #21 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Theaters; Concerts
Tue-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-8pm
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Ranked #22 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Ranked #23 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #24 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Category: Art Museums; Museums; Gardens
Owner description: Modeled after the palace and gardens at Versailles, the gorgeous, purpose-built Museu Paulista da USP (commonly known as the... more » Owner description: Modeled after the palace and gardens at Versailles, the gorgeous, purpose-built Museu Paulista da USP (commonly known as the Museu do Ipiranga) occupies the promontory where Brazilian independence from Portugal was peacefully, if loudly, proclaimed by Dom Pedro I in 1822. The landscaped gardens provide a refreshing respite from the surrounding urban chaos, while the ornate museum itself — affiliated with the University of São Paulo — educates visitors in the history of the city and nation via portraiture, antique vehicles, housewares and informational installations. Ticket includes entrance to the nearby Museu de Zoologia (Zoology Museum). « less
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Ranked #25 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Theaters; Concerts
Tue-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm
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Ranked #26 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Museums; Castles
Owner description: Packed with more than 3,000 artifacts from Brazil's five-century history, the Museu Afro Brasil relates how Brazil's history... more » Owner description: Packed with more than 3,000 artifacts from Brazil's five-century history, the Museu Afro Brasil relates how Brazil's history is inextricably tied to the experience of African slaves and their descendants through culture and traditions that have come to define the country. In fact, there are so many statues, photographs, illustrations, masks, dolls, clothes, documents, paintings, furniture, pieces of plantation equipment, installations and mementos, it's almost impossible to take in the whole place in one go. The printed information is almost exclusively in Portuguese, but the museum provides English-speaking guides, and the back stories behind every single object are at once harrowing and hopeful. Hands down, one of the best museums in Latin America. « less
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Ranked #27 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Parks
Daily 5am-8pm
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Ranked #28 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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Owner description: Rising out of the northern frontier of the city and boasting more than 8,000 hectares of unspoiled Atlantic coastal forest,... more » Owner description: Rising out of the northern frontier of the city and boasting more than 8,000 hectares of unspoiled Atlantic coastal forest, the verdant Parque Estadual da Cantareira (Cantareira State Park) offers rustic hiking trails, swimmable lakes, birdwatching and breathtaking views of the sprawling city below. Next door is the Horto Florestal, the one-time summer mansion of São Paulo state governors, and the monument to the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs through the park. « less
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Ranked #29 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
Category: Architectural Buildings; Lookouts
Owner description: São Paulo's very own Empire State Building — the Edifício Altino Arantes, better known by the name of its previous owner,... more » Owner description: São Paulo's very own Empire State Building — the Edifício Altino Arantes, better known by the name of its previous owner, Banespa — opened in 1947 as a symbol of the fast-growing city's economic might. The striking views from the observation deck, accessed from the 33rd floor of the 161-meter-tall building, never fail to impress visitors. Views, while free, are daytime only; the building is only open during normal business hours. « less
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Ranked #30 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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