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SÃO BENTO MONASTERY AND CHURCH. "This is an important landmark in the history of the foundation of São Paulo. Constructed in 1600, the Mosteiro de São Bento is one of São Paulo's oldest buildings. Once inhabited by Indians, it is now home to over 40 Benedictine monks. The monastery has been renovated five times during its 400 years of existence and has a distinctive eclectic German style. The tower holds the most traditional clock in the city. It was installed in 1921. It also has beautiful stained-glass windows. The Sunday mass, with Gregorian Choir singing is well worth a visit."
MUNICIPAL THEATER. "The theater was built in 1903, when the coffee boom was at its peak and São Paulo at its most confident and inaugurated in 1911. Its baroque Renaissance style was inspired by the Paris Opera House. It stands out with its majestic interior and exterior construction. It held the 1922 Modern Art Week. The theatre is still the city’s main venue for classical music, and the auditorium, lavishly decorated and furnished with Italian marble, velvet, gold leaf and mirrors, can be viewed only if you’re attending a performance.
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CATEDRAL DA SÉ (See's Cathedral). "The noteworthy Metropolitan Cathedral in the Praça da Sé is the city's geographical center. Construction began in 1913, but the cathedral was only inaugurated in January 1954. The most prominent features are the stained-glass windows with Biblical themes, the Italian organ with 10 thousand pipes and the carillon with its 65 bells."
ESTAÇÃO DA LUZ . (Light's Station) "The first railway station built in São Paulo in the XIXth century. The beautiful architectural structure of the Estação da Luz railway station is a picturesque example of São Paulo’s historical center. Designed by English architect Charles Henry Driver, the building pioneered the use of iron which provided a touch of glamour to the whole structure. The station and the railway between Santos and Jundiaí were an important milestone in the development of São Paulo. The railway was used to transport coffee to the city. The station is still in use. The Estação da Luz looks exactly like a British high Victorian railway station: romanesque red-brick arches and cast-iron pillars support a single vault that covers four tracks and platforms. The materials and design were imported wholesale from England in 1901."