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Pateo do Collegio Church, Sao Paulo
(4.3/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
The date the city was born is the same date the Pateo do Collegio Church celebrated its inaugural mass. The school and church that make up the college served as the epicenter of spirit and education for about two centuries; however, the Jesuits came into conflict with other settlers, particularly the settlers using the Amerinds as slaves. The Jesuits opposed slavery and wanted to convert and educate the native Amerind. This led to conflict and the Jesuits were forced out of the village.

On the current site, you will see a simple, modern reconstruction of the colonial building. There you’ll also find a museum that displays artifacts dating back to the church's inauguration and following the Jesuit’s history through iconography, documents, and found artifacts all the way to the present day. Plan to visit Pateo do Collegio Church and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sao Paulo attractions using our Sao Paulo travel itinerary planner.
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  • The College's courtyard is a must for anyone who wants to know the center of São Paulo. With a guided tour, you know the Museum sacro, the details of the founding of the city and its religious personalities. In the end, it's worth asking for a cup of coffee and enjoy the environment. In fact, I also like to go just to enjoy the peace in the center of the capital.
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  • For historic birthplace of São Paulo. Founded by the Jesuits, has a peculiar architecture. A lot of people visiting on the day I went, I confused the visitation.
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  • The Pateo do Colégio is the birthplace of the city of São Paulo, a largo with a church several historical buildings around. The place is very well preserved and has a Museum and a café. Worth the visit by knowing a little of the history of the city.
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  • A lovely square. Some homeless people around but if you act naturally and confidently all is well. Daytime is better. There area also guided tours. Free walks is a very good one. The Italian free walk guide Rocco is really good.
  • This place is an amazing history lesson of the city. The main attraction is the museum that shows a series of maps of São Paulo since its foundation, plus a great collection of sacred art from the beginnings of Brazil as a country. The restored church is also worth seeing - the interior looks quite stunning.
  • No Good, doesnt worth the 8 Brl ticket, very small and photo not allowed. Museo close at 5pm but Some room close early at 3pm, so you just see the half museo. And even you pay the ticket, the wc in the museo is not free, what a shit !
  • Great little museum with a wonderful terrace for sipping coffee.
  • The heart of the birth of Sao Paulo: father Anchieta founded this mission in XVII century (his house is inside). Interesting visit.