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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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  • For those who studied the history of the city, the point is a must. It is easily accessible and there are other options close by.
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  • the Patio of the colegio is a must for who's exploring the history of the city, you can find out a little more of the founding of the city of São Paulo, just be careful because it is not one of the safest places in the city.
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  • Despite the beauty and historicity of the location, the lack of policing and the large number of homeless raises insecurity of the place.
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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.