Catedral da Sé

Catedral da Sé: construção neogótica na região central de São Paulo.

Sé Cathedral and  Zero Milestone, in downtown São Paulo (Image credits: Wikimedia Foundation).

The largest neo-gothic building in the country, Sé Cathedral – or the Metropolitan Cathedral Nossa Senhora da Assunção – was opened on January 25th, 1954, as part of the IV Centennial celebrations of São Paulo. The construction began in 1913 by the German architect Maximilian Emil Hehl (1861-1916). At the time it still lacked its two main towers.

The original version of the church was built in 1591, made with the use of the rammed earth technique, which characterized most constructions in the city around the sixteenth century, until the first half of the nineteenth century – walls of clay compressed between wooden planks. The church was elevated to the Cathedral category in 1745 and underwent various transformations before being demolished in 1911, due to the expansion of Sé Plaza.

The Cathedral has five naves, holding approximately 8 thousand people and a carillon with 92 bells. The largest pipe-organ in South-America is located in Sé, with its 5 keyboards and 12 thousand tubes. Inside the Cathedral visitors can find a large amount of sacred art works, stained glass windows and mosaics.

São Paulo’s Zero Milestone (Marco Zero) is located in front of Sé Cathedral. It is a monument representing the geographical center of the city. Coated in marble, it was built in 1934 by the French sculptor Jean Gabriel Villin (1906-1979). The monument has the shape of a hexagon, with each of its sides engraved to represent different places: Paraná, Mato Grosso, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Goiás. The imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn crosses the location of Ground Zero monument.


  • Address Praça da Sé, Centro (Sé subway station).
  • Hours Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Mass Monday through Friday, at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Saturdays at 12 p.m.; Sundays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Phone number (11) 3107-6832
  • Official website

Other information

  • Guided tours Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sundays from 10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are no guided tours on Mondays or the last Sunday of each month. Tickets: R$ 5,00 (free entrance for children under 7 years-old).
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