After breakfast we headed for our first trip on the Subway here in Sao Paulo. Typically, it is crowded, and not the safest place to be traveling back and forth to work on (when carrying a computer), but we were surprised at how new the Yellow Line was that we were taking from the Paulista Station north to Republica. After a $2.90 BRL ($1.50USD) ride, we arrived at the Praca de Repulica, or Republic Park. Republic Park is also home to a great market on Sundays where you can purchase handcrafted items from local Brazilian artists.
First, we were headed to see three office buildings which were on the list of top things to do here in Sao Paulo, and since they were in the vicinity of a few other sites, we headed to check out the buzz surrounding the Italia Building, Copan Building, and Martinelli Building. The Italia Building, or Edificio Italia, is a 46 story skyscraper home to offices, restaurants and shoppes. Its what you would see in a tradition New York City office building, but had a very interesting rounded design to it. The Copan Building, or Edificio Copan, is a 38 story residential building which is home to many of the upper class Paulistas. The design of the building is incredible as it almost looks like a waving flag with the curvature of the building. The Martinelli Building, is a 30 floor office building which was also the first skyscraper in the Sao Paulo Skyline. The building was modeled after the Empire State Building, complete with observation deck at the top. Unfortunately it was closed due to the holiday, but I've been to the top of the Empire State Building so I am assuming its similar. These three buildings do stand out in the Sao Paulo architecture however remind me of something you would see in Manhattan.
(Left to Right: Martinelli Building, Copan Building, and Italia Building)
|Praca Ramos de Azevedo|
Our next stops included the sights and sounds of the Praca Ramos de Azevedo, which is a street located in the central area of São Paulo, near the Valley Anhangabaú, making this a great public space. The square is also located next to the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo, Alexander Mackenzie Building (Sports Light) and Viaduct do Cha, and, along with such spaces, a well-known postcard of the city. The Park was also home to "tent city" a large population of Homeless under the street overpass.
The Teatro Municipal is voted as the #1 tourist attraction in Sao Paulo and is home to world class concerts of the Symphony and Ballet. Despite notbeing able to go inside (its only open to the public when there are actual classical concerts showing), the outside of the building and the entry way were spectacular. This building was the closest thing I have seen to a Roman style building, and being surrounded by the Praca Ramons de Azevedo, gave it thefeel of a European plaza. Outside of the Teatro there was a commercial being filemed that perhaps we might even extras in once the final cut is made. Lets keep our fingers crossed.
|Mosteiro De Sao Bento|
|Luz Train Station|
After leaving the Pinacoteca, we continued walking through the Park taking in the landscaped beauty before heading to the Subway to head back to our posh neighbor of Paulista Jardins for a late lunch.