- At the epicenter of São Paulo, the Praça da Sé is a crossroads for civil servants, shoppers and tourists. The square's palm trees and sculptures make picturesque foregrounds for the Metropolitan Cathedral of São Paulo, Sampa's largest church. Many municipal and state government buildings, including São Paulo's City Hall and the state courthouse, are located close by. Much of the area around the plaza is open only to pedestrians and is a hub for discount shopping. On sunny afternoons in the plaza, crowds congregate around street musicians and soapbox preachers. Despite a heavy police presence, however, the zone remains one of the city's grittiest, and visitors should maintain their guards even during daylight hours.
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