Sao Paulo is a fascinating city of divergences
Sao Paulo, the capital of the Southeastern state, is the biggest city in Brazil and the third largest in the world. Almost 20 million inhabitants live in its 8,000 sq. km metropolitan area. It is a city of business life. It is the city with the largest number of helicopters after New York, no office building is constructed without a landing pad. The second largest skyscraper in the city, the Edificio Italia (almost 170 m) offers a viewing platform, as well as the Edificio do Banespa which also has a Bank Museum. The most important art collection in South America is on display at the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo. The city museum, Museu da Cidade, is housed in one of the only 18th century preserved buildings, the Solar da Marquesa de Santos. An acoustic that leaves nothing to be desired, can be found in the Salon Sao Paulo, an antique railway station that has been converted into a theater. Another site worth seeing is the market halls of 1933 in the Mercado Municipal. The same applies to the Metropolitan Cathedral, whose construction began in 1913, but which was only inaugurated in 1954. The Parque do Ibirapuera is a very beautiful 1.6 sq. km public park in which the native plants are preserved. Just like New York and Tokyo, Sao Paulo can wear the crown of International capital of gastronomy.