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Things to do in São Paulo

Best attractions to visit in São Paulo

1. Museu de Arte (MASP) - São Paulo

Museu de Arte MASP

Situated in Paulista Avenue, São Paulo Museum of Art is a mixture of glass and concrete architecture, which gain its foundation in 1968. Lina Bo Bardi made this landmark, which represents the Brazilian architecture of modern times. Getting a tour of this museum is one of the things to do in São Paulo you would not want to miss. The things to do in São Paulo Museum of Art comprise of getting the tour of this masterpiece of a building and getting mesmerized by the collection of art present in there. From Western art to English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, and Brazilian paintings are exhibited in this museum. The antiques fair are also held on Sundays, which will give you the detailed insight on different art pieces. The museum incorporates the painting of famous personalities including; Vincent Van Gogh, Antoine Vestier, Pietro Perugino, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Quentin Massys, Jan van Dornicke, Joshua Reynolds, El Greco, Diego Velasquez and many more. There have been two attempts of theft, in which the first was failed, and the paintings stolen in the second one have been recovered. Rather than chronological order, the artworks are displayed in separate rooms according to the categories such as portraits, myths, and realism.

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2. Ibirapuera Auditorium - São Paulo

Ibirapuera Auditorium

Envisaged by the famous Oscar Niemeyer, Ibirapuera Auditorium’s architecture is based on the presentation of musical spectacles. It is located in Ibirapuera Park, and is one of the remarkable landmarks in the city. Walking around the park and appreciating the design is one of the most enthralling things to do in São Paulo. The park sets the atmosphere of the building. If you are touring with your family, you can sit in the park and have a picnic or just relax in the scorching sun. The fun things to do in Ibirapuera Auditorium consist of watching an entrancing performance or getting the inside tour of the dramatic interior. The building looks like a white trapezoid, from the centre of which a red tongue is emerging. You can save the memory of the place, by taking the picture in front of this iconic architecture. Events are also held here on Sundays, which include musical shows, concert and many other fun activities for which you need to purchase a ticket. The auditorium is divided into 3 sequences of foyer, audience, and stage. As there is a red marquee in the center, which is a trademark of the auditorium, it is called Labareda - Portuguese for flame.

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3. Catedral da Sé (the metropolitan cathedral) - São Paulo

Catedral da Se the metropolitan cathedral

It is the famous cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sao Paulo that took 42 years to build completely. Designed by a German Maximilian Emil Hehl, the construction of the cathedral began in 1913 and finished without the towers in 1954, at the time of 400th anniversary of Sao Paulo. In 1967, the towers were also completely constructed. If you are not sure what things to do in São Paulo, you can just visit this historic location to make the most of your travel. You will not find this grand a church anywhere else in South America. Situated in the main square Praca da Se, it is the city centre of Sao Paulo. There is a capacity of 8,000 people to enter in this church, because its length is 111 meters and the width of 46 meters. From the outside, you can see two towers, which has the height of 92 meters, and over 30 meters is the Renaissance-styled dome. This cathedral was built over an already demolished colonial cathedral. If you are looking for things to do in São Paulo Cathedral, other than praying, you can inspect the sculptures, mosaics, and furniture that are present inside of the church, which were imported from Italy on ships.

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4. Praça da Sé - São Paulo

Praca da Se

Praça da Sé is also called as Cathedral Square, which is one of the significant places in the history of São Paulo. This is because, a lot of historical events have taken place in this area, during the Diretas Já movement. One of the things to do in São Paulo is unraveling its rich history and understanding the mindset of the people living there. There is also a gothic-style São Paulo Cathedral located in the square, which is presently the new foundation as the older foundation was demolished in the starting of the 20th century. The initial name of the square was Largo da Sé, which means the Field of the See. José Eduardo de Assis Lefèvre was one of the architects of that time, who has made the place the way it is now. Since there are so many masterpieces here, the plan of São Paulo Metro station was underway to make the commuting easier. However, that would require changes in the infrastructure of the square. To ensure that you have the recollection of your travel to this place, taking pictures with these buildings in the background is one of the fundamental things to do in Praça da Sé.

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5. São Paulo Zoo - São Paulo

Sao Paulo Zoo

Inaugurated in 1958, São Paulo Zoo covers an area of approximately 900 thousand m², and incorporates around three thousand different animals in it. The zoo has obtained animals from a circus including; bears, lions, elephants, and giraffe. Other Brazilian animals in the zoo like cocks-of-the-rock and jaguars were bought from Manaus city. If you are traveling to São Paulo with your kids, then a visit to São Paulo Zoo is one of the things to do in São Paulo. Initially, the entry to the zoo was free, but after the addition of São Paulo Zoological Gardens Foundation, there is a particular price to pay for the admission. The foundation makes the zoo an official location. This zoo has the Ipiranga River that enhances its beauty. The exciting things to do in São Paulo Zoo are Simba Safari in which you get to observe a few animals in their natural habitat, roaming freely without the cages. For your assistance, guided tours and instructions are available to help you find your way around the zoo. You can reach the zoo through the Metro Station, where the tickets for the zoo entrance are also available, so you can save your time.

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6. Street Art - São Paulo

Street Art

Beco do Batman is also known as Batman alley, which was found in 1980s. A drawing of a man-bat comic appeared on the wall of the area, which was noticed by art students. After that, the students began to draw unusual and abstract psychedelic and cubist type of art on the walls of alley, and covered the entire wall to create an open gallery. These designs keep changing, and are similar to graffiti art. Since the designs on the wall are different every time, the visit to place is always a new experience, and one of the exciting things to do in São Paulo. Other fascinating things to do in Beco do Batman, if you are a graffiti artist and want your artwork on display for some time, is to ask for the permission, and then draw on the wall. People come here from all over the world to take pictures. Parties are also held in this alley, which are fun to attend. The walk in the alley is a wild experience, and can bring out an artist in all of us. You can arrive at the alley from Sumaré metro station on the green line.

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7. Temple of Solomon - São Paulo

Temple of Solomon

This temple in São Paulo is the exact replica of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Although the size of the copy is bigger, the outside look of both the temple is completely similar. The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God constructed this temple. It is not made up of gold, but it has the exact tone of gold color over it. The temple supports the Jewish school of thought. However, anyone can bid a visit here and appreciate the glorifying architecture. Whether you are a Jew or not, surveying this place should be on your list of things to do in São Paulo. The construction of this masterpiece required the investment of $300 million and a lot of efforts. Rogério Silva de Araújo was the project designer, who took the measurements of this building from the Bible. If you want to have a potent experience, one of the things to do in Temple of Solomon is to notice every detail, which makes the temple exceptional and create a mystical atmosphere of worshipping. You can take a picture outside of this beautiful temple and cherish the memory of it later in life. It is not only a symbol for Jewish people, but also a Biblical symbol, which makes it a place representing faith.

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8. Ema Gordon Klabin Cultural Foundation - São Paulo

Ema Gordon Klabin Cultural Foundation

Earned the recognition in 1978, Ema Gordon Klabin Cultural Foundation is the art museum found in the culturally diverse city of Brazil. The place was owned and name after Ema Gordon Klabin, who was a renowned Brazilian philanthropist. It is a not-for-profit foundation where art, science, and culture are preserved and promoted. Her artwork is also exhibited and preserved here. Designed by Alfredo Ernesto Becker architect, the foundation’s headquarter is encircled by a remarkable landscape, which was anticipated by another architect known as Roberto Burle Marx. If you want to enlighten yourself with the knowledge of different civilizations, then analyzing the painting, and understanding the meaning behind it are the necessary things to do in Ema Gordon Klabin Cultural Foundation. The artworks of the school of Greek, French, Asian, Brazilian, pre-Columbian, Etruscan civilizations are exhibited in the foundation. A library is also present here, where you will find the manuscripts of old books. If you are a book lover, then this place will be your safe haven. If you want to make the most of your trip, then visiting this place is one of the vital things to do in São Paulo. Every month, musical evenings here are held at 4:30pm, which you can attend free of cost.

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9. Guarapiranga - São Paulo

Guarapiranga

Situated in São Paulo, the southeastern side of Brazil, Guarapiranga is the river also called Rio Guarapiranga. It is also the reservoir of Guarapiraga, which was built by São Paulo Tramway, Light and Power Company in 1906. It supplies drinking water to the entire city. This construction assisted in creating electricity for the city in those times. The Guarapiranga reservoir also facilitated in the distribution of water in other cities of Brazil including; Itapecerica da Serra, and Embu-Guaçu. The city is also secure from floods, as Guarapiranga helps in minimizing the risk. Exploration of this area is one of the things to do in São Paulo, as there are artificial marinas and beaches near the reservoir, from where you can pass through as well. Other recreational things to do in Guarapiranga are fishing, sailing, water sports and much more. There are clubs located nearby, who organizes events such as beach soccer and yachting in which you can participate. Eucalyptus Island is situated in this dam, where you will find huge Christmas trees. A new park with bike trails and sidewalk is also built around the dam, which will transform this place into an outstanding tourist spot.

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10. Paulista Avenue - São Paulo

Paulista Avenue

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