Top 5 Attractions in São Paulo

As Portuguese Language of the Month draws to a close our Portuguese tutor selects the top five places to visit in São Paulo which is perfect for practicing your Portuguese.
Why São Paulo city? São Paulo is the most populous city in Brazil and in the Americas. São Paulo city has the largest economy in Latin America. However, the city has significant cultural, economic and political influence both national and international.
São Paulo is cosmopolitan and is home to the largest Italian, Arabic and Japanese communities. It is a melting pot city and you should not miss the top places to visit in São Paulo city on your next possible business trip.

1. Pinacoteca

Pinacoteca is one of the most important art museums in Brazil. It is located in downtown Sao Paulo city and it is housed in Jardim da Luz. Founded in 1905, it is the oldest art museum in the city. The museum has a wide-range of Brazilian art and 19th century paintings and sculptures. This museum is a must-see to those who love art and are visiting São Paulo city.

2. Museu of Arte Sacra of São Paulo (Museum of Sacred Art of Sao Paulo) 

The Museum of Arte Sacra of Sao Paulo is located opposite to Pinacoteca. This museum was housed in 1970 and occupies the left part of Nossa Senhora Imaculada Conceição da Luz and the old chaplain’s house, which is the location of the nativities in the museum.
Since 1907, the museum started to allocate the sacred images of small chapels and farms that were demolished after the Brazilian Republic proclamation. During the 1970s, it was possible to extend the museum’s collection. This museum is a must-see to those who love sacred art.

3. Museu of Língua Portuguesa (Portuguese Language Museum)

The Portuguese Language Museum is located in the downtown area of São Paulo city inside Luz Train Station. Luz Train Station is an imposing 1901 English construction. The building shows a surprising mix of the new and ancient. The modern installations of the museum are in complete harmony with the train station’s Victorian style of architecture.
Currently, the Portuguese Language Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to only one language. Inaugurated in March 2006, the museum has three main halls; a temporary exhibition, a permanent exhibition hall and an auditorium. Language barrier is not a problem when you visit the museum as you will find people who can help you in English, French and Spanish languages.

4. Sala São Paulo

The awe-inspiring Sorocaban Railway station today houses Sala São Paulo, headquarters of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and one of Brazil’s most important concert halls.
Situated in the centre of the city, neighbouring São Paulo’s Pinacoteca art museum and the Museum of Sacred Art, Sala São Paulo quickly became a key institution in the region’s cultural revitalization.
The Sala is a must-see to those who love classic music.

5. Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, MASP (São Paulo Museum of Art)

This museum is located on Paulista Avenue in the financial heart of Sao Paulo.  It was built in 1968 and is a concrete and glass structure designed by Lina Bo Bardi, whose main body is supported by two lateral beams and has over 74 squared metres of freestanding space, considered a landmark of the city and a main symbol of modern Brazilian architecture.
The museum has a collection of European Art, Brazilian art, print and drawing; it has a smaller collection of African and Asian Art. This museum is a must-see to those who love art.

As Portuguese Language of the Month draws to a close our Portuguese tutor selects the top five places to visit in São Paulo which is perfect for practicing your Portuguese.


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