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Here we can see two of São Paulo's most important landmarks: (1) Right side: Páteo do Collégio (School Yard) Building, a replica (1953) of the old Jesuit School erected on the place where São Paulo was founded, in 1554. (2) Background: Altino Arantes Building (also known as BANESPA Tower), inaugurated in 1947. Tallest buiding in town until 1967, from its 161 meters high observatory it's possible to experience a 360 degrees view of up to 40 km of the impressive urban scenary of the city.
São Paulo Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as "Sé Church", is situated in the very heart of the city, close to the place where it was born, in 1554. Its construction started in 1913 and finished in 2002, when its original neogothical project, by German architect Maximilian Emil Hehl, was finally concluded. However, it was inaugurated in 1954, still without its towers. In the same place, in 1551, it was established the city's first Parish, known as the "Old Sé", demolished in 1911.
Here is another view of "Estação da Luz" (Light's Railway Station), in Downtown São Paulo. Time to get back home, after a hard day working in the very heart of this megalopolis. Many people don't pay attention to the nice sunset, making promises of a good evening.
Inaugurated in 1954, Ibirapuera is São Paulo's most important urban park, a paulistanos' (São Paulo's citizens)favourite. It encompasses gardens, museums, exhibition halls and monuments. This pic shows the Monument to the Constitutional Soldier.
One of the city's main landmarks, the "Monumento às Bandeiras" (a monument dedicated to the "Bandeiras", exploratory expeditions that occured in the first centuries of occupation of brazilian territory by the Portuguese conquerors), by famous sculptor Victor Brecheret, was inaugurated close to Ibirapuera Park, in 1953. It is made by 240 granite blocks, with about 50 tons each.
Here is a partial view of Ibirapuera Park, a green oasis in the very heart of São Paulo's South Zone. A huge metropolis, encompassing almost 20 million people, Greater São Paulo, usually known as a greyish city, has many green and beautiful areas, like this one.
A huge metropolis, encompassing almost 20 million people, Greater São Paulo is usually known as a greyish city. But it is not true: many parts of this giant are green and beautiful, like this area, southwest of Ibirapuera Park.
Pery, an Indian who is one of the central personages of the opera "Il Guarany", by Carlos Gomes, seems to leave its native forest astonished with Anhangabaú Valley urban forest, in Downtown São Paulo. The statue is part of the "Monument to Carlos Gomes", by Luigi Brizzolara, gift of the Italian community to the city by the time of Brazil Independence Centennial (1922). It’s installed in the staircases of Ramos de Azevedo Square, close to the Municipal Theater.
Here we can see Páteo do Collégio (School Yard) Building, a replica (1953) of the old Jesuit School erected on the place where São Paulo was founded, in 1554, by the missionaries Manoel da Nóbrega and José de Anchieta. It encompasses a part of an adobe wall of the original School, a Historical Museum (Museu Anchieta) and a Chapel. This is the city main historical landmark.
This is part of the Immigrant's Memorial, a kind of São Paulo's "Ellis Island", in the district of Brás. Here, between 1886 and 1978, almost 3 million immigrants stayed in the "Immigrant's Hostel", starting a new life in their new country.
Here is a part of Downtown São Paulo, seen from Itália Building (Ipiranga & São Luiz Avenues). It was 3 PM and a heavy rain was coming.
Projected in the beginning of the fifties and finally inaugurated in the middle sixties, the huge Copan Building (Ipiranga Avenue), by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, stands in Downtown São Paulo as a symbol of brazilian modern architecture.
It was almost raining when I saw the heavy sky reflected in the glass windows of São Luís Gonzaga Building, one of the many skyscrapers built along Paulista Avenue, São Paulo's main financial and cultural center.
This is Paulista Avenue, the main financial and cultural center of São Paulo. It's hard to imagine today that just a century ago the skyscraper-lined "Avenida" was the suburb where coffee barons lived in rich mansions.
Important landmark of São Paulo's wealth in the beginning of the XX Century , the "Estação da Luz" (Light's Railway Station), in Downtown São Paulo, was built between 1895 and 1901, in Victorian style and with imported material from England, by James Ford, a British engineer, substituting an older building, constructed in 1867. The current station, recently restored, keeps some differences in relation to the original project, in reason of a fire occurred in 1946. In its interior, beyond the railway station properly said, there is the excellent Museum of the Portuguese Language, a very modern and innovative cultural center.
Here is a another view of Downtown São Paulo, taken from the top of Banespa Building. It's possible to see some of the city's main landmarks: the Metropolitan Cathedral, on the righ side, and the "School Yard" Building, on the left side.
Here is a partial view of Downtown São Paulo, taken from the top of Banespa Building. The towers and the dome of the Metropolitan Cathedral can be seen on the foreground.
Here is a partial view of "Mercado Municipal" (Municipal Market), in Downtown São Paulo, an impressive building, built from 1928 to 1932, by famous architect Francisco de Paula Ramos de Azevedo. Apart from the phenomenal display of brazilian and imported fruits, vegetables, cheese and other products, the market is most noted for its 55 big stained-glass windows depicting scenes of cattle raising, market gardening and coffee and banana plantations.
Here is São Paulo's first skyscraper, Martinelli Building (São João Avenue), seen from the top of Banespa Building. Built in 1929 by an italian immigrant, Giuseppe Martinelli, who became rich in his new country, the old and charming landmark was dwarfened by the taller and younger neighbours.
Although founded in 1554, still in the XVI Century, São Paulo has the features of a modern metropolis, with a few remains of its origins. This pic shows Roberto Simonsen Street, part of the “old São Paulo”, where can be found some old constructions. The "Marquise of Santos House" (second construction, to the left), probably built in the last decades of the XVIII Century, is one of the most representative.
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