Igreja de Santo Antônio (in english Saint Anthony Church) is from the late 16th century, this is the oldest church in São Paulo’s downtown – the first references to it are from 1592. There were many renovations and additions until its neo-classic façade we see now. In the last restoration, interventions from previous periods were found. It was chosen to recover the baroque characteristics, and today, there are paintings from the 17th century, besides de rococo style altar from 1780. It housed the Franciscan order in the 17th century before the construction of Sao Igreja de Santo Antônio Francisco Church, as well as the Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Rosary of White Men in the 18th century.

Where: Praça do Patriarca
When: Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 6 pm. Saturday, from 7 am to 9:30 am and from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Sunday, from 8 am to 10:30 am and from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Getting There: Anhangabau Metro Station (Red line)

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