The 16th-century landmark church (©Embratur)
Also known as Benedictine Basilica de Nossa Senhora de Assunção, this is São Paulo’s most beautiful church.Despite the Benedictines’ arrival here in 1598, the monastery is a modern church dating from 1914. Its striking, colourful interior was painted by a Dutch Benedictine monk who died in 1956, and inspired by Byzantine art. Look out for the stained glass depicting scenes from the life of St Benedict. Mon-Fri 6am-6pm; Sat & Sun 6am-noon & 4pm-6pm. Latin Mass with Gregorian chant Sun 10am; Check for times of Latin vespers, Mon-Sat. Admission free.