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Walking Tour

Luz and Bom Retiro

Start the script by Tiradentes subway station at the exit to Dr. Jorge Miranda street and take the Avenida Tiradentes toward the Mosteiro da Luz ( number 676 ) , founded by Frei Galvão in 1774 and considered the most important colonial architectural building from the eighteenth century Sao Paulo City. In this place are made ​​and distributed the famous pills of Frei Galvão.

Diagonal picture of a building in the Baroque style, with 4 floors. To the left, the front facade is all white framed by beige bands. On the first floor, in the center, stands out three large entrance portals with the top in the shape of a semi-circle. On the 2nd floor, large row of several windows with dark green edges, from end to end. The 3rd and 4th floors rise only in the central part, forming the tower and church steeple, which has an iron cross at the top. To the right, the entire white facade framed by beige bands. On the 2nd floor, row of several windows with dark green edges, from end to end. On the ground level, to the left, a large, well-tended lawn with several sacred images in dark stone, measuring about 2.5 meters high.

Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo. Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

The monastery hosts since 1970 , the Museum of Sacred Art , a place that has a significant collection of Brazilian sacred patrimony . The first archbishop of São Paulo, Dom Duarte Leopoldo , was who gathered and organized the works that later set up the museum . Leaving the Sacred Art Museum , head towards the city center and continue until number 440. You will see the Battalion Tobias de Aguiar, Ramos de Azevedo project , built from 1888 to 1892 , inspired by the French military architecture. It is currently the 1st Shock Battalion of ROTA – Rounds Chichi Tobias de Aguiar.

In the first plane a well-kept lawn and, to the left, an old black iron pole with a white lamp on the top. In the center, a pond with a stone fountain in the center, which launches a high jet of water in the middle, surrounded by smaller jets. In the background, dozens of varied and very tall trees

Parque da Luz. Foto: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris

After getting to know the Battalion Tobias de Aguiar, on the corner of John Teodoro Street , cross Tiradentes Avenue and move on. You will see the oldest public park in the city of Sao Paulo , Parque da Luz . It is worth getting to know it! Enjoy the place also to rest. Next to the Parque da Luz , is one of the most important museums in the city of São Paulo, the Pinacoteca do Estado . Be sure to visit it.

Picture from below to the top of the facade of a building with 3 floors, all in salmon tones. On the first floor, row with 8 white windows with rounded top, end to end. On the 2nd floor, there are 5 windows with very colorful stained glass windows and a rounded top. On the 3rd floor, 5 sets with 3 dark windows with the rounded top each. On the sides of the 3rd floor, there are 2 small towers. All under a very blue sky without clouds.

Estação Pinacoteca. Foto: Caio Pimenta/SPTuris

After visiting Pinacoteca do Estado , you will go to the Museum of the Portuguese Language , an interactive museum that tells the history of our language. You cannot miss it. Continuing the tour , next to the Museum of the Portuguese Language , is the imposing and well-known building that houses the railway station , Estação Luz.

Moving on, you should turn left at the Viaduct General Couto de Magalhães and take the Mauá Street, toward the Largo General Osório , to the Pinacoteca Station (No. 66 ), installed in a building that has been renovated by Haron Cohen architect, where formerly were located warehouses and offices from the Sorocabana Railroad. The station hosts temporary exhibitions of the Pinacoteca do Estado . On the ground floor of this building there is the Memorial of the Resistance, which tells the story of the era of political repression in Brazil.

Continuing the tour, still on Mauá Street, you will see a beautiful white building on the corner . This is the historic railway station of the city of São Paulo, Julio Prestes Station, which hosts Sala São Paulo concert hall of the state of São Paulo’s Symphony Orchestra.

Visit also on the region:
  • The well-known street for shopping for dresses and accessories for brides, Rua São Caetano.
  • Igreja de São Cristóvão, built in 1856 which served as the Episcopal Seminary Chapel for a long time, installed on Avenida Tiradentes (No 84 ).
  • The varied stores of Bom Retiro clothes covering José Paulino Street and its surroundings.
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