Located in the southeastern region of Brazil, Sao Paulo It is the largest city in the country and the main commercial and business area in Latin America. The city that never stops is also known for its vibrant nightlife, its restaurants and its mix of cultures made up of people of more than 70 different nationalities and descendants.

The city's historic center is also extremely culturally rich and is home to many famous buildings with guided tours such as the Torre do Banespa, important museums such as the Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo among other attractions that are worth visiting to understand a little more about the history of the city. Check out the main attractions:

Places to visit in downtown São Paulo

Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo

The first art museum in São Paulo was opened in 1905 in the neighborhood of Luz, today the Pinacoteca houses a large collection of Brazilian art and holds several exhibitions. It is installed in the former building of the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios, designed at the end of the 19th century by the office of architect Ramos de Azevedo, which underwent extensive renovation with a project by architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, in the late 1990s.

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Martinelli Building

Built with the intention of being the largest building in Latin America, the Martinelli was erected in 1929 and held the title for only 18 years, when it lost its post to the Torre do Banespa. The interior of the building has Carrara marble stairs, sanitary ware and mirrors brought from Europe. The building has an open terrace for scheduled visits, the top has a privileged view of various points of the city such as the Anhangabaú Valley, the São Bento Monastery, the Sé Cathedral and a privileged angle to the Banespa Tower.


Banco do Brasil Cultural Center

Built in 1901, the building became the Banco do Brasil and Cultural Center in 2001. Today the building is the stage for several exhibitions and artistic manifestations. The building has a built area of 4,183 m2 and is located at Rua Álvares Penteado, 112, on the corner of Rua da Quitanda, in the heart of the city of São Paulo.


monastery of St. benedict

One of the buildings that most attract attention in the historic center of São Paulo, the Monastery of São Bento is a mandatory stop even for people who are not religious. The site hosted Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Brazil and today houses, in addition to the Basilica of Nossa Senhora da Assunção church, the monastery with about 40 monks.

The architecture of the Monastery is typical of the 17th century. The current building was built from 1910 to 1922, inspired by the eclectic Germanic tradition, and was designed by architect Richard Bernd.

São Paulo Municipal Theater

Designed in 1911, Teatro de São Paulo is an architectural icon of the city, its facades were inspired by the Paris Opera and was considered daring for the time, with Renaissance and Baroque traits on the facade and, inside, many adornments and works of art. art: busts, bronzes, medallions, frescoes, crystals, neoclassical columns, stained glass windows, mosaics and marble.


Pateo do Collegio 

The historical-cultural-religious complex Pateo do Collegio belongs to the Society of Jesus, a Jesuit religious order founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). The historical legacy resides in the place where the capital of São Paulo was founded and in the museum's collection, composed of almost 700 objects, among which are the relics of the blessed in a church room, the city model in the 16th century and works of sacred art.

Pateo do Colegio

Sé Cathedral

One of the five largest neo-Gothic temples in the world, the cathedral is enormous: it is 111 meters long, 46 meters wide, 92 meters high and occupies an entire city block. The Sé cathedral was reopened in 2002, after three years of renovations and resumed offering daily masses. In addition, there are now monitored visits throughout the week.

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Banespa Tower

One of the most famous symbols of São Paulo, the Banespa Building (also known as Banespão) offers one of the most incredible views of the city. With more than 160 meters in height, with 35 floors with 14 elevators, 900 steps and 1,119 windows, it is possible to contemplate a 360° view of the center of the North and East of the Capital.


Pinacoteca Station

It is located a few blocks away from the Pinacoteca building and displays the rich collection of the Nemirovsky Collection, with paintings of the carat Antropofagia, by Tarsila do Amaral. The building was built in 1914, in 1939 it housed the State Department of Political and Social Order (Deops) of São Paulo and in 1999 it was declared a cultural heritage by Condephaat.

Pinacoteca station

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