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Sao Paulo, 05423-010
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A little jungle surrounded by a bustling metropolis, Parque Trianon, also known as Parque Tenente Siqueira Campos, has been in existence since 1892. It showcases native plants and various sculptures. Spend a few hours exploring the winding pathways of this delightful park, situated just across the street from Museu de Arte de São Paulo.
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) attracts many locals and tourists throughout the year on account of its eclectic collection. Another reason for the popularity is the Sunday market that has been taking over the space under it since the '70s. Predominantly known for rare antiques and other collectibles, the MASP Antique Market is spread over 74 meters (243 feet) of the museum's periphery. The many, non-descript stalls that line here feature remarkable trinkets and souvenirs like vintage, posters, postcards, coins and much more at affordable rates.
All things cultural find their place here at Centro Cultural São Paulo, an imposing and multi-faceted complex of pathways with over 50,000 square feet (4645.17 square meters) of space. Constructed in 1982, this interdisciplinary center holds all types of events, from art exhibitions, conference, seminars and workshops to dance performance, classical concerts and film screenings. And aside from all of the entertainment that can be found here, the cultural center acts as a repository for various art collections, an information and documentation department about art and history in Brazil, in addition to some wonderful libraries that are all accessible and open to the public.
Praça Pérola Byington (Pearl Square Byington) is a square and a playground in São Paulo. This outdoor recreation area is a popular spot for practising yoga as well as general exercising. Women practising various poses and Asanas is a common sight while passing through this spot; some organizations also use it as a venue to conduct formal classes. Head here for a breath of fresh air or for exercising in leisure.
Inaugurated in 1954 to celebrate the city's fourth birthday, and designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer together with landscape designer Burle Marx, Ibirapuera Park covers an area of almost two million meters and is São Paulo's very own Central Park. Museu Afro Brasil and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo are found here, as well as the famous obelisk and the Monumento às Bandeiras. There are also sports grounds, a jogging track, a children's playground, a restaurant and a snack bar.
Estádio do Pacaembu or Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho opened in 1940 and was the home of the famous Corinthians, one of the best clubs in Brazil till 2013. This multifaceted, beautiful stadium has a sports complex which includes a swimming pool, gyms and a tennis court. Located under its grandstands is the Museu do Futebol (Museum of Football) which is all about Brazilian football history. The stadium has held many concerts in the past such as Avril Lavigne, Iron Maiden and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Red Bull Station is an eclectic cultural venue at the heart of downtown São Paulo. After several attempts at restoration, it breathes new life into a former 1920s electrical substation. This space is designed for the production of art in various media including music, theater and performing arts. They organize an array of workshops, programmes, exhibitions and live performances that are free of charge and open to all, solely financed by the namesake brand. This venue also features a small snack bar.
Known as the largest residential building in Brazil, Copan is so big in fact it has its own postal code! The Edifício Copan is the brainchild of the well-known architecture office of Oscar Niemeyer. Featuring shops, restaurants, bars, movie theater, grocery store and even a church, this giant building is truly a sight to behold.
Tucked away in São Paulo's equivalent of Central Park, Ibirapuera Park, this well-known landmark honors the Constitutional Revolution of 1932. Beginning construction in 1947, this grand monument wasn't finished until 1970, even though its inauguration took place in 1955. The brain child of Galileo Ugo Emendabili, the obelisk stands 72 meters (236.2 feet) tall, and is carved out of travertine marble.
Brazil's largest city, São Paulo is also the financial and economic hub of the country. The city is often referred to as "Brazil's locomotive" because of its highly specialized global workforce, which makes it Brazil's richest city as well. The main tourist attractions are Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo Zoo and the São Paulo Museum of Art. Truly cosmopolitan, one can enjoy events all year around like the São Paulo Fashion Week, São Paulo Gay Parade and the March for Jesus. The Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix, held annually in the city, is an added attraction. This vibrant city offers its visitors a variety of entertainment and recreational options. Those who are not inclined towards art and culture can indulge in the eco-tourism that São Paolo offers you with its lush forests, beaches, flora and fauna, caves, islands, natural reserves and ecological parks. The multicultural cuisine here caters to every palate, be it Vietnamese, Scandinavian, Moroccan, Arabian, Jewish or even good old McDonald's!
Vale do Anhangabaú is a major hub of Sao Paulo. Before the proper formation of the city, Sao Paulo only consisted of the Monastery of São Bento, Pátio do Colégio and the Monastery of São Francisco. Through this triangle ran the river Anhangabaú, which was later developed into canals, no longer existing in its original state; Anhangabaú Valley, however, still exists as one of the most popular spots in Sao Paulo, where residential and commercial areas have been developed.
Largo da Memoria is a historic square that was established during the colonial era, and originally served as a gateway to the city. During the 19th Century, the square served as an important meeting place for the city dwellers and offered weary travellers a chance to replenish their water supplies at the fountain that could be found here. In 1814, the Obelisco do Piques, a tall and elegant obelisk, was constructed at the square. Bounded as it is by the streets of Coronel Xavier de Toledo, Quirino de Andrade and Ladeira da Memória, many pass by this tranquil square without realising that they are in the presence of the city's oldest monument. A fig tree was planted at the square towards the end of the century and continues to stand even today, sheltering the square with its leafy canopy. In 1919, the square was renovated, and a new fountain and tiled arch were added to commemorate the centenary year of Brazil's independence. Although much neglected by tourists, this beautiful square is definitely worth a visit. Largo da Memoria can be found just off the Anhangabaú metro station.