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São Paulo Cathedral

Enter the main nave of this gigantic cathedral to admire its Renaissance-style domed roof and descend to the crypt to see the tombs of famous bishops.

Walk down Praça da Sé’s palm-lined boulevard to reach the towering São Paulo Cathedral, the city’s largest church and the seat of the archbishop. From across the square, you’ll see the cathedral’s twin, copper-capped spires. Walk between them to enter the cathedral and see the cavernous main nave, the subterraneous crypt and the tombs located within it. Attend a Sunday Mass with local Paulistas or embark on a guided tour to learn about the building’s fascinating history.

While the current cathedral was completed as recently as 1954, just in time to commemorate São Paulo’s 400th anniversary, the site has been at the heart of São Paulo’s Roman Catholic community since the late 16th century. What began as a small mud-walled place of worship is today among the largest neo-Gothic cathedrals in the world.

Take a quick photograph from the main square to capture the essence of the cathedral, but try not to flaunt your prized possessions; the area is frequented by pickpockets and thieves. Head inside to see the enormous main nave with its 8,000-person capacity. Look up to admire the domed roof. While the Renaissance dome was inspired by the Cathedral of Florence in Italy, the interior decoration features many elements from Brazilian nature. Try to locate pineapples, coffee branches and armadillos adorning the walls.

Descend to the crypt below the main hall to see tombs of deceased bishops. Look for the bronze tombs of Father Diogo Feijó and Chief Tibiriçá, a native tribal leader who converted to Christianity.

Visit the cathedral on a Sunday to attend a morning Mass. Listen as one of Latin America’s largest pipe organs plays beautiful tones from its 12,000 pipes. Join a guided tour of the cathedral after Mass to learn about its history and the architectural styles used in its construction.

The São Paulo Cathedral is located in the heart of the city and is best reached by metro or on foot. There is some parking in the area, but high levels of theft mean it is recommended you park only in secure parking lots. The cathedral is open daily and there is no fee for admission.


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Hotel Cadoro Sao Paulo $69
Hotel Cadoro Sao Paulo

Hotel Cadoro Sao Paulo

Rua Augusta, 129, Sao Paulo
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Consolacao, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rua Augusta and Frei Caneca Shopping and Convention Center. Paulista Avenue and Hospital Sirio Libanes are also within 1 mi (2 km). Higienópolis-Mackenzie Station is 9 minutes by foot and Anhangabau Station is 12 minutes.

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    Wg Plaza Hotel Econômico

    Rua Senador Feijó, Sao Paulo
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central Zone, this hotel is steps from Sao Paulo Cathedral, Zero Mark, and Se Square. Sao Francisco Square and Church of St. Francis of Assisi are also within 5 minutes. Se Station is only a 2-minute walk and Liberdade Station is 6 minutes.

      OYO Estação Sé $12
      OYO Estação Sé

      OYO Estação Sé

      Rua Santa Teresa 21, Sao Paulo, SP
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central Zone, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sao Paulo Cathedral and Rua 25 de Marco. Paulista Avenue and Rua Augusta are also within 2 mi (3 km). Se Station is only a 3-minute walk and Liberdade Station is 8 minutes.

        Dan Inn Planalto $37
        Dan Inn Planalto

        Dan Inn Planalto

        Av. Casper Líbero, 115 - Centro, Sao Paulo, SP
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Santa Ifigenia, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Rua 25 de Marco and within 3 mi (5 km) of Paulista Avenue and Salomon's Temple. Expo Center North and Ibirapuera Park are also within 6 mi (10 km). Luz Metro Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sao Bento Station is 7 minutes.

          Gohouse - Rangel SP 96
          Gohouse - Rangel SP 96

          Gohouse - Rangel SP 96

          243 Avenida Rangel Pestana, Sao Paulo, Southeast Region
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central Zone, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Sao Paulo Cathedral and Rua 25 de Marco. Paulista Avenue and Rua Augusta are also within 2 mi (3 km). Se Station is only a 5-minute walk and Pedro II Station is 10 minutes.

            Hotel PC $30
            Hotel PC

            Hotel PC

            Rua Dr Bitencourt Rodrigues 31, Sao Paulo
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Zone, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sao Paulo Cathedral and Rua 25 de Marco. Paulista Avenue and Rua Augusta are also within 2 mi (3 km). Se Station is 6 minutes by foot and Pedro II Station is 10 minutes.

              Hostel Liberdade $20
              Hostel Liberdade

              Hostel Liberdade

              Praça Carlos Gomes 115, Sao Paulo, SP
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Liberdade, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Sao Paulo Cathedral and Rua 25 de Marco. Paulista Avenue and Rua Augusta are also within 2 mi (3 km). Liberdade Station is only a 2-minute walk and Se Station is 5 minutes.

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                Sweet Home - Home office

                Rua São Francisco, 113, Apto 169, Sao Paulo, SP
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central Zone, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Shopping Light, Municipal Theatre of São Paulo, and Pateo do Colegio. Banespa Building and Sao Bento Monastery are also within 10 minutes. Anhangabau Station is only a 3-minute walk and Se Station is 7 minutes.