This historic church is built on the exact spot where the famed city of Sao Paulo was founded. Constructed in 1554, Pateo do Collegio Chuch once served as a home, school and church for Jesuit priests. Today, the original structure includes a museum, café, library in addition to an operational church.
Visitors can explore the church’s seven halls that showcase sacred artifacts, indigenous art and a model of the city in its earliest state. Travelers should be sure to check out the famed Peace Bell—known by locals as Sino da Paz—which serves as a reminder of the need for peace, justice and empathy in Sao Paulo and across the world.
The church is located at Praca Pateo do Collegio, 2, Centro near the Se subway station. It is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with classical music performances on the third Sunday of each month.
Tickets to the museum are available for R$5,00, and visitors can reserve guided tour spots Monday through Friday between 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.