Sao Paulo is rich in museums. The entire city includes a number of museums and galleries which puts us on the same level as the US and Europe. Even so, there are some very interesting museums that are not very well known, like the Crime Museum and the sensational Museum of Tattooing.
Located inside a building that’s been declared part of the city’s landmark, the “Museu Tattoo Brasil” is one of the most curious museums in the city of Sao Paulo.
Upon entering the Basilica de Nossa Senhora da Assunção (Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption) which is part of the Sao Bento Monastery (Saint Benedict Monastery), a russian icon of the most pure orthodox style greets visitors. Embedded in the first column to the right of the basilica we find an icon of Our Lady of Kasperovo or Kasperovskaya Previataya Bogoroditza.
Sao Paulo is a city that, like any other big metropolis, has suffered throughout the 20th century from many transformations. However, few other cities present such shocking contrasts between the past and the present.
To demonstrate how profound, and not always beneficial, these transformations were, we’ve selected 12 old postcards printed between 1921 and 1967; these views show us a Sao Paulo that barely exists anymore.
1. The city without traffic
Who today could even imagine that Avenida 9 de Julho could look so tranquil, almost deserted? On the left side we see the Brasilar Building still under construction, while to the right the famous Joelma Building hasn’t yet been built.
Sunday in the town of Bananal, Brazil, in the extreme East of the state of Sao Paulo, looked challenging.The sun was scalding,and the sloping hill that connected the historical center of this pleasant city to our location was not easy to climb. Nevertheless, we braved the discouraging ascent as if we were climbing one of the many marvelous hills of the Bocaina Mountains that circle the city.
Thanks to its railroad lines, the Bom Retiro neighborhood of Sao Paulo was always an important industrial area of the capital city. Even today, although many businesses have left the region, some still live on and continue production there. Other enterprises began their life and have left their legacy, although they are no longer functioning. The Ford Motor Company is one of these. This article will sketch its story.