Marco Zero, Sao Paulo

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Marco Zero is a geographic monument in downtown São Paulo. In 1934, the marble milestone was installed in front of the São Paulo Cathedral on the Praça da Sé to symbolize the center of the city. The sculpture is a both a tourist attraction and a central point of reference for street numbers in the city. Marco Zero has been registered for historic preservation since 2007.HistoryOriginally proposed by journalist Américo Netto in 1921, the project to mark an official center of the city with a monument was not adopted until 1932 by mayor Antônio Carlos de Assumpção. Prior to this period, streets and highways were numbered based on at least three different marcos zero scattered around São Paulo. Netto wrote his ideas in the Estado de São Paulo newspaper and Boas Estradas magazine (where he was an editor) complaining of the confusion that this decentralized approach caused. Four months prior to the inauguration of Marco Zero, Netto compared this new monument to both the Zero Milestone in Washington, DC and to the Milliarium Aureum (golden milestone) in Ancient Rome.Since it was installed in 1934, Marco Zero on the Praça da Sé has remained the official spot from which roads, highways, rail lines, and telephone lines are marked.
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  • One of the most historic sites of the city, which is virtually unknown. Many pass through the site, without any value. Everyone uses the Waze, know that ground Zero is in the Cathedral, but still do not give importance, or know. Because of danger from the site, you can stop, admire and take pictures. But, if you take will draw attention (it happened to me, I was about 5 minutes looking at the site and took a photo, I looked at all). Caution when you admire this historical site.
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  • The ground zero of the city of São Paulo is a much visited place, but many who by there pass not know the real meaning of this place. The Jesuits have risen the serra do Mar and aceeditaram at that point there would arise a village, where today is the largest city in Brazil. A megalopolis, which welcomes people from all over the world and makes it possible for more than 10 million have dreams and life projects. I love and admire this city. Start to know her best every day!
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  • The cathedral is really impressive. But although this is a touristic area (there is a gift shop IN the cathedral) the place around is full of homeless and drug addicts. Because of that some corners smell terribly like urine and even worse. It's hard to fell comfortable there.
  • Nice place to explore if you're new to the area.
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