Embodying the vibrant spirit of Brazil, Sao Paulo is a haven for Brazilian culture, being the largest city and financial centre of the country. Culture and history flows out of every nook and corner, as this city was historically a part of the Portuguese and British colonies. As such, the cityscape is painted with beautiful and diverse architectural styles of the Gothic, Victorian and Neo-Classical eras, mixing well with the modern skyscrapers of this cosmopolitan city.
Being the largest city of the Southern Hemisphere, you will be at a loss regarding where to start the incredible journey and experience that is Sao Paulo. The massive Sao Paulo Museum of Art is a source of great pride to the residents of the city due to its size, architecture and cultural value, containing Latin America's largest collection of Western Art. Sao Paulo's history stems from the Patio do Colegio, the site of its foundation, but the most iconic historical landmark of the city is Sao Paulo Cathedral and Praca de Se, two structures that define the historic architecture of Sao Paulo, and are the centre of the road numbering system in the city. The Theatro Municipal is another fine example of historic architecture in the city, sporting delightful elements from the Renaissance style of architecture. The Mercado Municipal is a defining institution of the city, a large urban market which still retains its early 20th century facade, serving as the perfect place for you to witness and experience Sao Paulo's culture at its heart. The Liberdade District of the city is the epicentre of immigrant population and activity in this urbanopolis, with the largest population of Japanese people outside of Japan. The best views of the city can be found from the top of the Farol Santander and the Banespa Tower, two of the major skyscrapers amidst the sea of skyscrapers in the building. The Edficio Copan is another marvel of contemporary architecture and a landmark of the city. As Brazil's cosmopolitan hub, the city is teeming with an energetic nightlife that is on throughout the day, especially found in the neighbourhoods of Jardins, Vila Olimpia and Itaim Bibi. The Bohemian Vila Madalena is perfect for chilling out with a couple of beers or a glass of wine after a long day in the fast-paced life of this magnificent city.
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