Dating from 1853, Matriz de São Cristovão is an Episcopal church. It is located in the Luz area, near Estação da Luz. The mix of Neoclassical and Baroque façade hides some Gothic details in its interior.
Also known as Catedral da Sé, São Paulo's Cathedral dominates Praça da Sé, the heart of the city. The monumental cathedral was commissioned by the archbishop of São Paulo, Duarte Leopoldo e Silva, to replace an older demolished church. Work on Catedral Metropolitana began in 1912 and was mostly completed by 1954, but the towers were only finished in 2002. The Gothic and Renaissance design is attributed to the German architect, Maximilian Hehl.
The Huge Gothic Cathedral Started to be Built in 1912, but because of the 2 World Wars and Finance Troubles the Project only could be Delivered in 1954.
Many Italian, French and Hungary Artists Contributed to Decorate the Cathedral´s Interior. The 2 Towers has almost 100m Height.
Don´t miss the Underground Crypt, its practically another Church with Bishops´Graves and Marmol Scuptures. It costs only R$4, Monitored Visiting any time from 9AM to 16h30PM.
The Cathedral is located at Se Square which is the Zero Milestone in Sao Paulo. Numbers from a Street Address, for example, Increase as Long as it gets Distant from this Place. Also, its an Important Place for Popular Manifest.
The main church in the city. A required spot if you are visiting the city.
I heard that the Se cathedral is a copy of another european cathedral, maybe Milan´s Duomo, but im not sure.
The entrance is free, so you can go inside an pray for your soul. ;-P
In the square in front of the main entrance you´ll see religious speaker and many begs. Some people says that it´s a dangerous place but I think that there are much more dangerous places in Sao Paulo. But anyway, hide your cameras and jewerly as much as possible.
The church is an impressive sight, and the various choas in the plaza (protests, venders, etc.) are interesting for people watchers.
Be realistic, however. This building was completed in 1954 (after 42 years of construction). It is impressive, but it is the meotropolitan cathedral of the largest city in South America. It should be impressive.
The Brazilian guide book I have (Guia Quatro Rodas) rates the Basilica de São Bento (1922) as a much more interesting place for those who like visiting historic churches. The Ordem Terceira do Carmo (1632) is a much older building and is supposed to have wonderful details throughout the church.
Since there are so many that have visited the Metropolitan Cathedral (also called Catedral da Sé) I would suggest one of these lesser known churches might be more interesting.
The São Paulo Metropolitan Cathedral or Sé Cathedral, located in Cathedral Square in the center of São Paulo. It is one of the five largest neo-gothic churches in the world.
This gothic cathedrale was recently renoved. Behind this cathedrale you have the Point ZERO kilometer
The distance are calculated from this point.
Cathedral Se is a nice example of a small gothic building - it was modeled after Notre Dame in Paris. That's one of the problems with Sao Paulo, many buildings are copies of other foreign buildings.
One of Brazil's oldest cathedral's, the Se Cathedral in Sao Paulo is a great example of historical architecture!
Visit the City's Cathedral - Catedral da Se
It was begun in 1911 and inaugurated in 1954 before the two towers were finished in 1969.