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History & Evolution
Though is drove mostly by commerce and trade, the city still the cultural center. It may not be rich in many tourist sites but it boasts some of the best galleries and museums in the country. Further, it has by far the best cuisine and some of the best nightlife of Brazil. Festivals, Carnivals, Conventions and Expositions are the other activities that lure large number of visitors to Sao Paulo.
Museu de Arte
The museum is large concrete building supported on delicate pillars. It not only features the work of the great European artists from the last 500 years, but also hosts visiting exhibitions. Housing large and important collection of Western art, the museum opens every day where the entry is free on Thursdays.
The complex of the museum also includes a reasonably priced restaurant.
Location: Avenue Paulista
The Edificio Italia:
The landmark of the city, Italia is 165 m high building considered the second tallest in Sao Paulo. Inaugurated in 1965, Italia today has become one of state capitals major tourist attractions with 19 elevators, 6000 m2 of glass and capacity for 10 thousand people.
The building is also famous for its traditional restaurant; Terraco Italia located on the top floor. It is a revolving restaurant providing 3600 views of the city and offers one of the most comprehensive wine lists.
This fabulous 46-story building also has a theatre, an art gallery and the old Circolo Italiano Club. The building was conceived by the Italian colony in Sao Paulo.
Location: Avenue Ipiranga
Ibirapuera Park (Parque do Ibirapuera):
Ibirapuera is the major urban park of Sao Paulo with large area for leisure, jogging and walking. Comparable to the Central Park in New York City, it also possesses a convention center.
Inaugurated in 1954 and covering an area of almost 2 km2, the park complex contains several buildings, museums and pavillions. Some of them are the Grande Marquise (the great marquee), the Cicillo Matarazzo Sobrinho Pavillion, the Manoel da Nobrega Pavillion, the Lucas Nogueira Garcez Pavillion, the Armando de Arruda Pereira Pavillion, Municipal Data Processing Company and much more.
Location: Avenue Pedro Alvares Cabral
Catedral da Se:
Built in modified Gothic style, Catedral da Se is the largest cathedral Sao Paulo with length 111 m, width 46 m, towers 92 m high, a dome 30 m high and capacity for 8,000 people. Moreover, more than 800 tons of rare marble is used in its completion.
The cathedral owns the largest Organ in Latin America having 5 keyboards, 329 stops, 120 registers and 12,000 pipes.
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