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Vibrant São Paulo is among the world's most populous cities. Brazil's financial center, it has abundant cultural institutions and a rich architectural tradition. Its iconic buildings range from the 1929 Edifício Martinelli skyscraper and the neo-Gothic Metropolitan Cathedral to modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer’s curvy Edifício Copan. The colonial-style Pátio do Colégio church marks where Jesuit priests founded the city in 1554.  The Brazilian currency of São Paulo is called Real ($R) (pronounced “rey-al”) and the plural is Reais (pronounced “ray-eyes”). Real is divided into 100 centavos.  One hundred BRL is approximately USD $29.00.
 
Strategically located in the historical center of São Paulo, Bourbon São Paulo Express Hotel is located 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) southeast of GRU-Guarulhos International Airport and 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) south of Congonhas Airport. Cumbica Airport is 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) away. The hotel is close to the large event pavilions, malls and important cultural sites, including the Edifício Itália, Municipal Theater and the neo-Gothic Catedral da Sé. The Praça da República (public square) and the República metro station are very nearby.

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Edifíco Itália
 
Edifíco Itália (Italy Building) is a 46-story skyscraper in São Paulo and is a major tourist attraction.  Designed by German-Brazilian architect Franz Heep and built in 1956, it hosts the Circolo Italiano foundation and famous Terraço Italia restaurant on its 44th floor, where visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of São Paulo, both during the day and the evening.  It has a rooftop observation deck, which is also open to tourists.  The name is a tribute to the Italians who settled and helped build the capital city of São Paulo.
 
Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater of São Paulo)
 
São Paulo’s most splendid construction, the Municipal Theater of São Paulo was begun in 1903 in the style of Paris’ Palais Garnier.  The design of the theater makes it one of the best theaters in the world to attend the opera.  Today, it houses the Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Experimental de Code, the City Ballet, the String Quartet, the Lyric Chorale and Choral Paulistano.
 
Catedral da Sé (Cathedral of São Paulo)
 
The Cathedral of São Paulo is located in the Praça da Sé or "Cathedral Square.”  It is the largest church in the city, standing proudly in the middle of the square.  After a long period of decay, the Cathedral underwent a complete renovation between 2000 and 2002.  Apart from repairing the building, many pinnacles over the nave and towers were completed. The original 1912 construction plans were found inside the building, allowing for a faithful restoration.  In the crypt are artworks by the sculptor Francisco Leopoldo.
 
Banespa Building
 
For one of São Paulo’s best panoramas, visitors can head to the top of the Altino Arantes Building, also known as the Banespa Building to ride free to the observation deck on the top floor for views of the city. Designed by Plínio Botelho do Amaral, who was inspired by the Empire State Building and Frank Lloyd Wright, this 161 meter-high skyscraper was completed in 1939. It remained the tallest building of the city for two decades until being surpassed by the Edifíco Itália.
 
Museum de Arte de São Paulo (MASP)
 
Opened in October 1947 by Assis Chateaubriand, Museum de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) possesses Latin America’s most comprehensive collection of Western art. It features a picture gallery, library, photo library, film library, video library, films and concert music of artistic and cultural interest, as well as arts courses and other educational support exhibits.  MASP is considered one of Brazil’s cultural centers of excellence. 
 
 
 
 
 
Mercado Municipal
 
The Mercado Municipal Paulistano (formerly Mercado Central) is a fabulous urban market specializing in all things edible, including fruits and vegetables, seasonings and spices as well as other products. It opened in 1933 and is a magnificent building in itself, featuring columns, vaults and stained glass imported from Germany.  The market is open to the general public Monday through Saturday until 4:00 p.m. and offers parking.  It is closed on Sundays.
 
Parque do Ibirapuera
 
Ibirapuera Park features several museums, including the hugely important Museu Afro-Brasil, which features a permanent 3rd floor collection chronicling five centuries of African immigration. The Museum of the Nativity and the Museum of Air and Folklore, which honors the 32 heroes of the Monument to the Flags, can also be found here. Considered one of the most important areas of the city, Ibirapuera Park was opened on the day commemorating the fourth centenary of the founding of the city of São Paulo in 1954.
It has a planetarium and a Japanese pavilion with beautiful gardens and lakes as well as jogging trails, sports courts, bicycle paths, and a large plant nursery. 
 
Avenida Paulista
 
The famous Avenida Paulista has become an icon of São Paulo.  As one of the most characteristic sights of the capital, its grandeur differentiates São Paulo from other cities in Brazil and the world. The avenue is the biggest business center in Latin America.  Due to the large number of corporate headquarters, banks and hotels, the Paulista receives thousands of business travelers every day.
 
Estação Julio Prestes
 
Located in the Plaza Julio Prestes, Estação Julio Prestes is a monumental train station in central São Paulo.  The station was built between 1926 and 1938 to be the headquarters for the Estrada de Ferro Sorocabana Railway, a company set up by coffee barons, to transport the product from the southwest of São Paulo to the port of Santos. The building has been totally restored by the State Government and since July 1999, has been the headquarters of the State Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo.  Designed according to the most up-to-date international standards, the great hall has been compared to the Boston Symphonic Hall and Musikverein in Vienna.
 
Memorial da América Latina
 
Opened on March 18, 1989 in Barra Funda, the Latin American Memorial was created to promote the cultural, political, economic and social genres of Latin America.  Designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Memorial stands as one of the main sights of the city and has played host to Luciano Pavarotti and the Ballet of Cuba.  It was for years the headquarters of the State Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo.