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“Magic musical experience in a place with special atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo

The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo
Praca Julio Prestes, 16, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01218-020, Brazil (Centro Historico)
+55 (11)3367-9500
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Ranked #1 of 442 attractions in Sao Paulo
Type: Civic Centers
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Sao Paulo, SP
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Magic musical experience in a place with special atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

It's a really special place.
It was a train station built in the 20s for the São Paulo coffee stock market but after the transportation switch into cars and trucks this wonderful building became the Julio Prestes Cultural Center in 1999. The magnificent Sala São Paulo is the home of the São Paulo State Symphonic Orchestra (OSESP) and it has a capacity of almost 1500 seats.
I've been there this morning in order to attend the free morning concert at 11 a.m.. Amazing!
The theatre is wonderful and the acoustics simply great. So it was a fantastic experience I'll probably repeat in the next weeks.

Inside the center is possible to find also a little coffee bar and a store to buy books, cd's, dvd's and some souvenirs.

Some suggestions:
- for the free events usually it's better to book before the tickets online but thanks to the big capacity of the sala it's ok to go there just 15 minutes before and get them directly;
- the place is in a quite dangerous area so maybe it could be better to get a taxi from the Luz metro station (around 1km far).

When I've been there? November-17th 2013
Price? FREE (it was the Sunday morning concert)
How to reach it? Luz metro station

Visited November 2013
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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“The architecture is wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Great place to know a little bit about Sao Paulo history, its great façade is amazing! Great shows also take place there! It worths the visit!

Visited October 2013
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50 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Wonderful to sit and hear a pin drop as well as the roaring drums!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The acoustics in the place are just fantastic!.. The sound is so rich without being loud.. one can hear a pin drop as well as a rich symphony.. went to see a free jazz concert and it was amazing.. stayed for a tour after the concert of the place.. heard you could see rehearsals on Thursdays for only R$10.. cant beat such a deal.. like every big city with a downtown revitalization project, this place has a surrounding neighborhood that needs a little revitalization.. exercise some caution otherwise, it should be fine..

Visited October 2013
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Paris, France
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“Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Nice place but don't worth a visit during a short stay in the city, except there is a really good concert. Neighborhood not really safe.

Visited May 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Excellent acoustics”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Visually very pleasant it is an unforgettable experience too for your ears ! Excellent acoustics with adjustable panels, for a perfect sound !

Visited November 2012
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