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“Cathedral of São Paulo and the ground zero of the city.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo

Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo
Praca da Se, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Ranked #87 of 441 attractions in Sao Paulo
Type: Religious Sites
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London, United Kingdom
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“Cathedral of São Paulo and the ground zero of the city.”
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 peaceful inside.

Right in front of it you will find the ground zero of the city which is also very nice to see.


Be aware of muggers as the area is very busy!

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful Church and Sketchy Plaza”
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 prayer.

Visited August 2013
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“Dirty and dangerous surroundings, magnificent construction”
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.

Visited December 2012
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“Impressively sized cathedral is the downtown destination”
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 a photo of the church. However, this is not the most affluent part of town, it is probably best to limit visits to daylight hours. On a Sunday afternoon there were very few shops open in this area, no restaurants or cafes nearby. It is still very much worth a visit and deservedly a landmark for San Paulistanos.

Visited April 2013
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“A large catedral, but quickly built”
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.

Visited March 2013
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