At the very beginning of its history, São Paulo was comprised of only the triangle formed by the Monastery of São Bento, the Monastery of São Francisco, and the Pátio do Colégio. Within this minute hub was the River Anhangabaú, which meant "bad spirits" in the native Tupi-Guarani language. In the 18th century, the river was made into canals and buried into the ground, but the Anhangabaú valley still remains in its place. Revitalization works in the 1980s shaped the beautifully arranged square in the Vale do Anhangabaú, where nowadays one can find skateboarders and office workers hanging about.
Praça da Sé, between ruas 15 de Novembro and Direita. Sé metrô station. São Paulo's central square has fountains, sculputures, palm trees and lots and lots of people. The gothic Sé church is also there, along with other historically important buildings.
Pátio do Colégio, Pátio do Colégio, 84 (next to praça da Sé). First building of the then-village, the Jesuit School is the city's cradle.
Museum, Tue-Sun 9AM-5PM.
Library, Mon-Fri 1PM-5PM
Viaduto do Chá (Tea Viaduct), Metrô station Anhangabaú. Linking Rua Barão de Itapetininga to Rua Direita.
Vale do Anhangabaú. The valley itself is a giant boulevard with gardens, sculptures and a view of the main downtown office buildings. Anhangabau station.
Largo São Francisco, Stations Sé and Anhangabaú. Church and Convent of Saint Francis and the historic Law School of the University of São Paulo.
Largo São Bento, the square hold São Bento's church and monastery. Station São Bento.
Solar da Marquesa, Rua Roberto Simonsen, 136 (next to Sé station), ☎ 11 3106-2218. Tues-Sun 9AM-5PM. Emperor Dom Peter I's powerful concubine, the Marchioness of Santos is one of the most popular monarchy figures in Brazilian popular culture. Her colonial house is now a museum.Free. edit