Ipiranga walking tour
The city of São Paulo needs to be discovered, not just by tourists, but also by residents. Walking through each point of the city, we discover its charms and its historical importance that go unnoticed even by those who imagine knowing the city very well.
Explore Ipiranga district, the “Bairro do grito” (shout district), its history, its tourist attractions, its characteristics and relevant places is the proposal of the walk, led by the guide Elaine.
The district, besides having the important title of being the place where the Independence of Brazil was announced, brings a historical content unknown to most people.
At the beginning of the walk, the tour guide Elaine tells us about the personalities that contributed to the growth and importance of Ipiranga, such as Emperor D. Pedro I, the Jafet family, and also a personality that perhaps is not very known by the people of São Paulo, Count Jose Vicente de Azevedo.
The first highlights are the still existing Jafet family’s mansions, their history, their architecture and the destination that has been given to each one and the contribution of the family in the formation of the city and its industrialization is also addressed.
The walk goes through Parque da Independência (Independence Park) and Praça do Monumento (Monument Square), built in celebration of one of the most important moments in Brazilian history. In Monument Square, where the Monument to Independence is located, as well as admire the sculptures, we also know the history of its characters and enter in the crypt where are deposited the remains of D.Pedro I, of Empress Leopoldina, his first wife, and also of the Empress Amelia, his second wife.
The visit goes to Casa do Grito (Shout House) and the Independence Park that stands out for the beautiful gardens, where is located the Museu do Ipiranga (Museum of Ipiranga) or Museu Paulista, a beautiful construction of 1895 and that is currently closed for restauration; the guide covers interesting facts about the history of the Museum, the gardens and the Park.
Walking through Nazaré Avenue, we learn more details about the contribution of Count José Vicente de Azevedo with the development of the Ipiranga District, responsible for many philanthropic works that have made and are part of the history of the place.
The next point of the visit, not yet very known and included in the route, is the Santa Paulina Memorial, a building whose architectural design was made and donated by a well-known person in the history of São Paulo, the architect Ramos de Azevedo. At this point the guide Elaine gives space to Lucia, responsible for the Memorial, who shows us many interesting places, such as the chapel built in 1920, the place where the remains of Santa Paulina are deposited, the beautiful internal garden and also tells us the trajectory of Santa Paulina, showing many rooms with objects belonging to the missionary, her works and the room where she died; all the things preserved and very well maintained. The visit to the Memorial can also be made from Tuesday to Friday from 1pm to 4h30 pm, Saturday from 09h30 am to noon and Sunday from 1pm to 4h30 pm, at 470, Nazaré Avenue.
The tour ends at the Museum of Zoology, where many species of animals are exhibited that have been preserved through taxidermy techniques, as well as replica of dinosaur skeletons and a true lesson about the biodiversity of species present in Brazil. The visitor also learns about the architecture of the building and can observe the beautiful stained glass windows during the visit.
The Ipiranga walking tour takes place on the last Saturday of each month, lasts approximately 3 hours, starts at 10 am (needs to arrive 15 minutes in advance) and also can be done in English.
Use comfortable shoes and be sure to bring sunscreen, cap and water bottle to enjoy the walk!
The meeting point is in front of SESC Ipiranga, at 822, Bom Pastor Street
The contribution is BRL 20.00.
55 11 99945 3643