Tour Locations | Downtown São Paulo

  • LOCATION 10 | Downtown São Paulo

    Pátio do Colégio

    Stop here in this open courtyard, in front of the large white building.

    You're now standing in the birth place of Sao Paulo. This is where Father Manuel de Nobrega came with eleven other Jesuit monks, to what was then a mosquito-infested village. That was in 1554. They came with the intention of converting the indigenous population to the Catholic faith.

    They arrived on the 25th January, the same day Christians celebrate Saint Paul. Therefore they decided to name the village after him.

    Sao Paulo might be one of the biggest cities in the world, but this certainly wasn’t always the case. Actually, the place you are standing in now was selected, in part, because it was one of the highest places in the village. This offered a degree of protection from any hostile natives who may have attacked. I will tell you a little more about the history of the city later on in the walk.

    But right now I advise you to take a look inside Pátio do Colégio.

    Before you do, let me know show you where to go next.

    With your back to the white building, you're going to make your way to the right of the large statue in the courtyard, heading for the street that runs parallel to the one you just came from.

    But now, let’s get back to the Patio do Colegio.

    Inside the building, you'll find a coffee shop. But this isn’t just any coffee shop. This is one of the most charming coffee haunts in the city, open from 9am - 4.45pm, every day except Monday.

    You see, although the surrounding city centre might be chaotic, as soon as you walk inside this building a really calm atmosphere awaits you. So too does great service, reasonably priced coffee and a relaxing garden – complete with a statue of Father Manuel da Nóbrega himself.

    Remember, when you're done or if you prefer to keep going now, head to the right of the statue, after exiting the building.

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