Brazil Destinations, São Paulo

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The history of the city of São Paulo runs parallel to the history of Brazil, over approximately 461 years
of its existence, against the over five hundred years of the country. Although it was marked by a
relative meaninglessness, whether from the political or economic point of view, during the first three
centuries since its foundation, São Paulo stood out at various times as varied scenery and important
moments of rupture in history.
The vibrant city of São Paulo is among the most populous in the world. It is the largest metropolis in
the country with 11.89 million inhabitants. The capital of the State of São Paulo, the most populous
one, accounts for about 6% of the population of the entire country, estimated at 202.77 million
inhabitants. Brazil’s financial center, it has abundant cultural Institutions and rich architectural
tradition. Its iconic buildings range from the 1929 Martinelli skyscraper building and the neo­Gothic
Metropolitan Cathedral to modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer’s curvy building Copn. The colonial-
style Patio do Colegio church marks where Jesuit priests founded the city in 1554.
Sao Paulo does not deny the craze for the work and the vocation for business. With much effort, the
Paulistas were able to make São Paulo the most important state economically in Latin America. The
city also offers an intense artistic and cultural life. No city tour is complete without a visit to cultural
centers and museums whose collections maintain works of great international artists and major
national artists. The nine museums that are a must:
PINACOTECA do estado: Considered the oldest art museum in São Paulo, the Pinacoteca do Estado
was founded in 1905 with only 26 pieces of work. Today the collection includes about nine thousand
pieces that depict the Brazilian production of the nineteenth century to the contemporary. While the
second floor houses the permanent collection of the museum, the space of the first floor of the
building is reserved for temporary exhibitions, which take place periodically.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART – MAM: Located in Ibirapuera Park, MAM has about five thousand
works of painters such as Anita Malfatti, Di Cavalcanti and Pablo Picasso. The museum has galleries,
studios, library, auditorium and even a store where you can purchase replicas of local parts.
FOOTBALL MUSEUM: The Pacaembu Stadium houses the museum that tells the history of the most
beloved sport by Brazilians. Those who visit the site can check out trivia about football, narrators and
even train a virtual kick. It is one of the technological museums in the city, and very interactive.
MUSEUM OF THE PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE: Opened in 2006 in the Estacao da Luz, the
museum allows visitors to make a journey through the world of words. Among the attractions, a
timeline where you can learn the language of origin, a game that stimulates the creation of words and
a map where you can see and hear testimonials from residents of all regions of Brazil.
CATAVENTO CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL: The Catavento was the most visited cultural space
in 2013 and houses the Technology Museum collection with 36 small and large objects, such as the
DC­3 plane used in World War II. The 4000 m2 are divided into four facilities: Universe, Life, ingenuity
and Society. In each of the environments, the visitor has the possibility to interact with the subject,
either with video games, 3D movies and exhibitions.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART: Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the MAC ­ Contemporary Art
Museum of USP is located within the Ibirapuera Park, one of the largest in São Paulo city. It houses
various events and exhibitions of São Paulo, one of the main artistic centers of the city.
MIS ­ FILE MUSEUM AND SOUND: The famous MIS has gained great prominence in the criticism
and the media for their elaborate displays. With the philosophy of record and preserve the image and
the sound of the past and present to a survey of a panel of Brazilian life in human, social and cultural
rights, it has more than 200 items and has a very diverse program, pleasing all tastes.
SAO PAULO ART MUSEUM – MASP: The São Paulo Museum of Art Assis Chateaubriand includes a
collection considered the most important in the Southern Hemisphere. Its collection includes names
such as Renoir, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Velázquez, Titian, Degas and Manet in extremely interesting
thematic permanent exhibitions. But beyond art works, the building is also a big draw. Designed by
Italian Lina Bo Bardi, it is a symbol of the state capital and the span of the building is over 70m in
length ­ one of the largest in the world.
MUBE ­ BRAZILIAN MUSEUM OF SCULPTURE: Much of the museum is open, intended for
permanent exhibitions of various sculptures. In the basement, temporary exhibitions are not restricted
to sculptures, covering an artistic diversity.
If you like historical monuments, be sure to visit the city’s churches, especially the Convento Nossa
Senhora da Luz, built in 1579. Immerse yourself in the mood in São Paulo’s nightlife and check its
hundreds of bars, quiet or agitated, discos, nightclubs, theaters, cinemas, shows, concerts, dances of
all kinds, beer gardens and everything else you can imagine.

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