São Paulo Sights

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Centro 18

Parque Ibirapuera 9

Avenida Paulista and Bixiga 8

Greater São Paulo 7

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Parque Zoológico de São Paulo

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The 200-acre São Paulo Zoo has more than 3,200 animals, and many of its 410 species—such as the mico-leão-dourado (golden lion...

Pateo do Collegio / Museu Padre Anchieta

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

São Paulo was founded by the Jesuits José de Anchieta and Manoel da Nóbrega in the College Courtyard in 1554. The church was constructed...

Pavilhão Japonês

  • Building/Architectural Site

An exact replica of the Katsura Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan, the Japanese Pavilion is one of the structures built for the Parque...

Pavilhão da Bienal

  • Building/Architectural Site

In even-numbered years this pavilion hosts the Bienal (Biennial), an exhibition that presents the works of artists from more than 60...

Pinacoteca do Estado

  • Museum/Gallery

The highlights of the State Art Gallery's permanent collection include paintings by the renowned Brazilian artists Tarsila do Amaral...

Ponto Chic

  • Restaurant–Sight

Stop here for a delicious bauru —a sandwich with roast beef, tomato, cucumber, and a mix of melted cheeses. This branch of the Paissandu...

Praça Liberdade

  • Market/Bazaar

To experience the eclectic cultural mix that keeps São Paulo pulsing, visit Praça Liberdade on a weekend, when the square hosts a sprawling...

Praça da Sé

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Two major metro lines cross under the busy Praça da Sé, the large plaza that marks the city's geographical center and holds its main...

Solar da Marquesa de Santos

  • Historic District/Site

This 18th-century manor house was bought by Marquesa de Santos in 1834 and became famous for housing the emperor's mistress. Now it contains...

Viveiro Manequinho Lopes

  • Garden/Arboretum

Pau-brasil, the tree for which Brazil was named (the red dye it produces was greatly valued by Europeans), is among the specimens to...


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