Theatro Municipal de São Paulo#3 in Best Things To Do in São Paulo
Modeled after the elegant Palais Garnier in Paris, São Paulo's Theatro Municipal is a work of art. This grand theater was built between 1903 and 1911, and the design of its detailed facade incorporates Renaissance, Baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau styles. Inside, visitors are greeted with gilded balconies and rich red seats and curtains. The theater is a cultural icon, thought to have sparked the city's vivid interest in the arts (and specifically modern art) after it hosted the Week of Modern Art in 1922. Today, the Theatro Municipal hosts a variety of performances, including operas, plays, symphony orchestras and ballets. If you're unable to make a performance, free guided tours of the venue (in English) are also available.
Recent visitors raved about the building's beautiful architecture, with many recommending you try to get tickets to a show or go on the guided tour to see the theater's interior. Some do warn that the area surrounding the venue is a bit dicey, with homeless people sleeping on the street.
You'll find the Theatro Municipal just north of the city center and the Catedral da Sé. The nearest metro stops are República and Anhangabaú. The free guided tours, which last about 45 minutes to an hour, are available Wednesday to Friday at 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and holidays at 11 a.m., 2 and 3 p.m. The tours at 11 a.m. are in English and exclusively for foreigners. You can find information about performances, ticket prices and more on the theater's website.
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