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Pateo do Collegio Church, Sao Paulo

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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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  • I you want to see where it all started in Sao Paulo, that's the place you should go! There is a museum there and you see a lot a colonial influence, it is interresting!  more »
  • Interesting to see where the city started. The museum is very nice and the church next to it, is stunning. There is a nice cafe and you can have lunch there. Good food and nice desserts with coffee af...  more »
  • All those years ago in Sao Paulo and I knew this place. For Catholics not to be missed. Easily accessible by metro, going during the day I saw nothing that desmerecesse the place. The walls full of stories, ideal place for refdlexão.
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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.