Inaugurated in 1954 to celebrate the city's fourth birthday, and designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer together with landscape designer Burle Marx, Ibirapuera Park covers an area of over 158 hectares (390 acres) and is São Paulo's very own Central Park of sorts. Museu Afro Brasil and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo are found here, as well as the famous obelisk and the Monumento às Bandeiras. One of the city's premier destinations for leisurely strolls and walks, the park's intricate network of sleek pathways and jogging tracks do not disappoint. Additional amenities include sports grounds, a children's playground, a restaurant and a snack bar.
Museu Afro Brasil tells the story of Africans in Brazil throughout history. Located within the Parque Ibirapuera, the museum occupies a stunning Oscar Niemeyer designed building. Museum exhibits focus on various topics ranging from the history of slavery to the development of Brazil's African populace. The huge collection includes everything from historic documents to artwork and artifacts. Besides this, the museum also showcases fascinating artifacts depicting the daily life of Brazil's African population.
Formerly the Teatro Abril, this historic theater was built in 1929. Now called Teatro Renault, this Art Nouveau building is one of the city's esteemed entertainment venues, where the focal point is Broadway musicals. The likes of Chicago, Les Miserables and The Lion King have been staged here and have wowed audiences with its sheer beauty. Equipped with great acoustics and lighting, the seats here give a good view of the stage and are very comfortable. Though the shows are on the expensive side, this theater definitely gives a memorable experience to patrons.
The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is located in the heart of the city at the corner of Quitanda street. The building was bought by the Bank of Brazil which has another cultural centre such as this is at Rio De Janeiro. Some elements of the original architecture of the building have been retained but the five storeyed building is registered with the Archaeological Heritage Protection and Tourism of São Paulo. The centre houses restaurants, auditoriums and classrooms. In areas such as literature, cinema, dance etc the cultural center holds programmes for the development of the people.
For all you football fans, Sao Paulo has a museum just for you. Football is a very integral part of Brazilian culture, and the Museu do Futebol (Museum of Football) was founded to retain, as well as promote, the cultural value of football. Exhibitions, cultural shows, lectures, movie screenings and everything else related to football are showcased here. If you are a Ronaldinho or Romário deSouza Faria fan, this is a perfect opportunity to learn about them in detail.
Established in 2009, Catavento is at the forefront of culture and education in São Paulo. The center is located at the historic Palace of Industries which was built in 1911. The structure boasts magnificent architecture reminiscent of the Victorian era. Separate spaces have been dedicated to the Universe, Life, Machines and Society. The engaging and interactive exhibitions and presentations decode the science behind interesting ethereal phenomena as well as everyday mechanisms. Marvel at displays that promise to make learning fun for kids and adults alike.
Constructed in 1929, Estádio Conde Rodolfo Crespi is colloquially referred to as Estadio Rua Javari. The grass surfaced football field is the home turf of Clube Atletico Juventus and they host practice sessions, local and national matches as well. Named after the first president of Juventus, Count Rudolfo Crespi, the arena was given the name due to the street on which it is located. Though the capacity stands at 4000 spectators, the record attendance here was 9000 in the year 1981.