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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
Phone Number: 3107-6832
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A reference for the city

The "point zero" of the city is a few steps in front of it. The church has veru nice vitrals, and scultures that resemble the masonry of the time of its constructions. Nice visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Catedral da Se is an impressive building, somewhat plainer inside than many Catholic cathedrals. The stained glass is beautiful and there are a couple of very impressive side-altars either side of the main altar. It is definitely worth looking at if you're in the area, but it must be said that the Praca da Se outside is not the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The "point zero" of the city is a few steps in front of it. The church has veru nice vitrals, and scultures that resemble the masonry of the time of its constructions. Nice visit.

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Thank Roberto F
Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a Paulista, I'd recomend you to visitthe entire old downtown - which is a great place but my most important advice is: plan your visit before. You wont like to open your bag and look for your map or cmobile in the middle of the street. Check out the places you want to go before starting your vist and... More 

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Thank Paulo H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You simply must visit this huge ,beautiful ,place. Entrance may be restricted a bit during services. Many other must sees in walking distance. Use Free Walking Tours to get oriented. Eric

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if you are accustomed to european or major US cathedrals, dont bother! built in early 1900`s, still incomplete. remember, sp is a `new`city. if you want interesting churches in brasil, go to minas gerais or bahia which were `big` cities when sp was still a town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must go in a SP trip. Very different architecture and really beautiful inside. Has a very nice square around, with palm trees and some sculptures. Metro station by the side of the church make it easy for travellers.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located at the "Ground Zero" of the city, from where the city spread in end of XVI century. Two previous temples existed at that place before. The last was replaced by the current one in 1913, for the 400o anniversary of the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's reachable by metro se station and it's nice with nice architecture and I recommend visit g in day light as there are a lot of Homless around so y should take care

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

This recently completed cathedral (within the last 50 years) is worth visiting. Very clean new-Gothic design. Lovely stained glass windows and mosaics. Crypt below the altar as well. You'll find a large assortment of homeless and beggars congregating in the square out front, but they're generally harmless.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

The Sé Cathedral is an oddball piece of architechture in the centre of São Paulo, but it's worth the visit specially if you catch one of the music recitals in its pipe organ

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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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