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Travel Tips

Free entry. Check out the largest pipe organ in Latin America. 1

Look out for special services or events that might allow for a unique visiting experience. 2

Walking distance from Victoria Memorial, perfect for an evening visit. 3

Check for any ongoing services before visiting. 4

Check for service times to experience a traditional Anglican service. 5

Attend the morning service for a spiritual experience. 6

Tickets include entry to the crypt and the dome galleries. 7

Visit the crypt to see tombs of historical figures. Admission fee applies. 8

Climb to the dome for breathtaking views of London. 9

Climb to the Golden Gallery for stunning views. Visit the crypt to see tombs of historical figures. 10

Introduction

History

  • 🏛️ Initial Church: The first church on this site was built in 1589 and completed in 1616.
  • ⛪ Diocese Seat: São Paulo became a diocese in 1745, leading to the construction of a Baroque-style church completed in 1764.
  • 🔨 Demolition: The old church was demolished in 1911 to make way for the current cathedral.
  • 🛠️ Construction: The current cathedral's construction began in 1913 and was completed in 1967.
  • 🎉 Inauguration: The cathedral was inaugurated in 1954, coinciding with São Paulo's Fourth Centenary celebration.

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Architecture

  • 🏛️ Style: Neo-Gothic with a Renaissance-style dome inspired by the Cathedral of Florence.
  • 📏 Dimensions: 111 meters long, 46 meters wide, and 92 meters high spires.
  • 🛠️ Architect: Designed by German architect Maximilian Emil Hehl.
  • 🗺️ Location: Situated in Praça da Sé, São Paulo.
  • 🛠️ Materials: Over 800 tons of rare marble were used in its construction.

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Interior Features

  • 🕍 Capacity: Can accommodate up to 8,000 people.
  • 🛠️ Decorations: Inner capitals are decorated with sculpted Brazilian produce like coffee branches and pineapples.
  • 🦔 Native Animals: Features sculptures of native animals such as armadillos.
  • 🖼️ Art: Includes various marble sculptures and mosaics.

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Crypt

  • 🛠️ Size: Large enough to be considered an underground church.
  • 🖼️ Sculptures: Decorated with marble sculptures by Francisco Leopoldo e Silva.
  • 🪦 Tombs: Contains the tombs of all bishops and archbishops of São Paulo.
  • 🗿 Historical Figures: Includes the bronze tombs of Father Diogo Feijó and cacique Tibiriçá.

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Organ and Carillon

  • 🎹 Organ: Built in 1954 by the Italian firm Balbiani & Rossi.
  • 🎼 Features: One of the largest organs in Latin America with five keyboards, 329 stops, 120 registers, and 12,000 pipes.
  • 🔔 Carillon: The east tower contains a carillon of 61 bells, cast by the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry of the Netherlands.
  • 🔔 Largest: It is the largest and heaviest carillon in Central and South America.

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Visitor Information

  • 📍 Location: Praça da Sé, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • 🕒 Opening Hours: Typically open to visitors during daylight hours; check local listings for specific times.
  • 🎟️ Admission: Generally free, but donations are appreciated.
  • 📸 Photography: Allowed, but be respectful of ongoing services.
  • 🚶 Tours: Guided tours available; inquire at the cathedral for schedules.

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