São Paulo Cathedral, Sao Paulo

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The São Paulo See Metropolitan Cathedral --"See" and "cathedra" mean "seat" and therefore the ecclesiastical authority of a bishop or archbishop is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Paulo, Brazil. the Metropolitan Archbishop of the archdiocese was Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer. Its construction, in Neo-Gothic style, began in 1913 and ended four decades later. It was ready for its dedication on the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the then humble villa of São Paulo by Chief or Cacique Tibiriçá and the Jesuit priests Manuel da Nóbrega and José de Anchieta. Despite having a Renaissance-styled dome, the São Paulo Metropolitan Cathedral is considered by some to be the 4th largest neo-gothic cathedral in the world.
The history of the Cathedral of São Paulo goes back in time to 1589, when it was decided that a main church would be built in the small village of São Paulo. This church, located on the site of the present cathedral, was only finished around 1616. São Paulo became seat of a diocese in 1745, and the old church was demolished and substituted by a new one, built in Baroque style, which was finished around 1764. This modest church would be the Cathedral of São Paulo until 1911, when it was demolished.
The present cathedral was built under Duarte Leopoldo e Silva, the first archbishop of São Paulo. Construction began in 1913 on the site of the demolished colonial cathedral following the project of German architect Maximilian Emil Hehl, who designed a Neo-Gothic structure. Work proceeded slowly and the inauguration of the new Cathedral happened only in 1954, with the towers still unfinished, but in time for the celebration of São Paulo's Fourth Centenary. The towers would only be completed in 1967.
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  • I feel emotional to see this church ⛪ back then it was popular among friends talk places they visit in Brazil.but sad my story is different maybe because of the coronavirus the reason why the place...  more »
  • The Cathedral itself is very nice, however the area it is in is not. As I walked out the Cathedral a man was taking a picture of it in broad day light. Another man came out of a crowd of people on a.....  more »
  • Nice to visit and see, wouldn't expect too much. Just a pretty big church basically. Stained glass to nice.  more »
  • Beautiful place in downtown. At first, it can be a little sketchy, but there are cops all around to make it safe. Is a way to understand the city and it’s problems with poverty, but besides that the church has a beautiful architecture and I recommend going early in the morning, like 8-9am to get the view of the colorful glasses reflecting on the walls. To me, it is a must to see in São Paulo.
  • Interesting building....worth a visit. The area around the cathedral has a bit of a reputation as being dangerous but I didn't feel it. Like many other cities around the world just be discreet and don't flash your wealth around.
  • If you are interested in History, culture, religion and architecture this is the right place. Outside you’ll be able to see the street artists with a wonderful mix of new and old arts. A walk around the huge Cathedral would give a hint about the history of this place l. If you don’t want to hire a local tour guide. A book about São Paulo history would be more than enough to provide you with enough information about the place and why it was built. Inside the glass art is magnificent. It’sEuropean style with a hint of local twist in the usage of the colors. Totally worth visit if you are in town.
  • Wonderful majestic building that is a true gem of São Paulo. If only it was treated as such. Really ruins the effect when you have people thinking they are preachers literally screaming on the street... and that you have to be so vigilant about your belongings when you visit the area. People like to comment that you’re experiencing Brazilian culture here but I’d like to think this is the bad side of the culture, not the side you’d like to show visitors and tourists. But hey! What do I know. I wish the trash had been cleaned from the steps of the cathedral and it didn’t have a gift store inside, but I get it.
  • Super beautiful architecture. Close to the subway station, and in downtown. In front of the cathedral, there is the zero point of Brazil.

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