Paulista Avenue Walking Tour (Self Guided), Sao Paulo

Paulista Avenue is a famous spot in Sao Paulo, as it is the center of finances and culture. On both sides of the avenue you will find impressive skyscrapers, shops, and museums, including the famous Art Museum of Sao Paulo. This self-guided tour will lead you to Paulista Avenue's most popular attractions.
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Paulista Avenue Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Paulista Avenue Walking Tour
Guide Location: Brazil » Sao Paulo (See other walking tours in Sao Paulo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Orthodox Cathedral
  • Casa das Rosas
  • Itau Cultural
  • Fiesp Cultural Center
  • Sao Paulo Museum of Art
  • Trianon Park
  • Casarao
Orthodox Cathedral

1) Orthodox Cathedral

Catedral Metropolitana Ortodoxa is a cathedral located at 1515 Vergueiro in Paraíso, São Paulo, Brazil. The Eastern Orthodox church, dedicated to of St. Paul, is home to the Antiochian Orthodox Catholic Archdiocese of Brazil. It is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Catedral Metropolitana is a fine example of Byzantine architecture. Construction began in the 1940s, inspired by the Hagia Sophia, and built under the supervision of Paul Taufick Camasmie. Joseph Trabulsi was personally selected by King Farouk of Egypt to participate in its decoration, as were several Russian artists and contractors. One of the distinctive architectural characteristics of this building, when compared to other Orthodox churches, is that the iconostasis is made of marble, rather than wood.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Casa das Rosas

2) Casa das Rosas (must see)

Casas das Rosas is an art and poetry center that features a French style design. Built between 1928 and 1935 by the office of architect Francisco de Paula Ramos de Azevedo, the four-storey building is one of the last mansions built in the city of Sao Paulo. Casas das Rosas currently serves as a poetry and arts center.

The interior of the mansion features a mix of styles from Art Deco, Renaissance, Neoclassical, and English. Belgian glass and crystals decorate the dwelling and the entrance-way features a stone and marble design. Two of the most stunning elements of the 30-room house are the garden and stained-glass window that greets all who pass through the entrance hallway. The garden is known as one of the most beautiful in Sao Paulo.

Photography, writing, poetry, other artistic events occur regularly. In addition, the country’s first library is located in the building. The library features a collection of books from Ramos de Azevedo and rare first collection books. You must receive permission in advance to photograph the interior. Photography of the exterior is allowed with certain restrictions. Casas das Rosas is a treat you should not miss.

Why You Should Visit:
In addition to cultural events, courses and periodic exhibitions, it has one of the city's largest and most beautiful rose gardens.
In the back of the mansion is a coffee shop-restaurant, offering indoors as well as pleasant outdoors sitting – good place for a quiet lunch!

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 10am-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Itau Cultural

3) Itau Cultural

Itau Cultural is a cultural center and museum that frequently holds artistic exhibitions. You will see Brazilian digital and contemporary art, old coins and medals of Brazil, and a library with historical documents.
Fiesp Cultural Center

4) Fiesp Cultural Center

Fiesp Cultural Center is set in a modern skyscraper built in the shape of pyramid. It houses theaters, exhibitions, dances and cinemas. Teatro Popular do Sesi, which has many awards, is located here and is known for some of the best performances in Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo Museum of Art

5) Sao Paulo Museum of Art (must see)

Established in 1947, the Museum of Art features fine art from Brazilian, English, French, African, Italian, Asian, and Latin American disciplines. The exhibition hall contains a collection of 8,000 items that features greats such as Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael, Boticelli, and Monet. It is one of the most extensive and largest collections of Western art in Latin America and the Southern Hemisphere. The current museum was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II during her 1968 visit to Brazil.

Located on the famous Avenida Paulista, the museum is locally known as the Museu de Arte. Designer Lina Bo Bardi is responsible for the two grand red lateral beams that grace the building. The beams support the building and enable the view of other buildings to remain unobstructed.

The building is much more than just a museum. A library, film gallery, photo gallery, two auditoriums, store, restaurant, and workshop rooms are available for public use. Concerts and other events are frequently held in the marketplace. Visitors should make sure to attend the antique market that happens every Sunday in the bazaar. Art courses are held for all who wish to attend.

Why You Should Visit:
The most famous museum in São Paulo, and for good reason: two floors of beautiful masterpieces from around the world!
Downstairs is an excellent museum shop and very good cafe; however, Avenida Paulista is full of good eating options as well.

Visit it on Tuesdays, when the admission is free, and focus on the main exhibition on the top floor, where most true gems are.
If you want to know what you see, you have to walk around the back of the painting!

Operation Hours:
Wed-Sun: 10am-6pm; Tue: 10am-8pm, with free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia
Trianon Park

6) Trianon Park

Trianon Park, also known as the Lieutenant Siqueira Campos Park, is a 48,000 square meter recreational area that offers visitors a glimpse of the Atlantic tropical forest. The park was established in 1892. French landscape designer Paul Villon created the layout.

The picturesque and spacious area was originally created for high society. This could explain the lushness that one encounters as they walk through the trails and walkways. The park perfectly blends nature and art. Some parts of the forest have been converted into walkways or trails while other areas have been converted into playgrounds for children. Statues of nymphs, fawns, and other objects are far and wide. The park is the perfect way for locals and visitors to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Shade and benches are plentiful. In addition, a workout area is available for those who wish to stay fit. Native plants, birds, and insects are plentiful. The landscape is dotted by the world-famous Brazilwood trees which are highly valued for musical instrument construction. Tourist guides are plentiful, helpful, and speak Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Spanish. Maps are available at the tourist center for those who are unfamiliar with the layout of the park.

7) Casarao

Casarao is a very old and beautiful building that was constructed in 1905. The structural integrity of the building has survived all the modern changes made throughout the area of Paulista Avenue. It provides an interesting view for visitors- an old house surrounded by modern skyscrapers.

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