Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paolo

Ibirapuera Park (in Portuguese: Parque do Ibirapuera) is a major urban park in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. It has a large area for leisure, jogging and walking, as well as a convention center. Its importance to São Paulo is comparable to the Central Park in New York City.

Inaugurated in 1954 for the 400 anniversary of the city with buildings designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer and landscape by designer Roberto Burle Marx, Ibirapuera Park covers an area of almost two square kilometers.The second biggest park in the city. Admission is free of charge.

The park complex contains several buildings, most of them designed by Oscar Niemeyer. They include The Grande Marquise (The great marquee), where the Modern Art Museum is located. Then, there is also Cicillo Matarazzo Pavilion, home for the Contemporary Art Museum, and a space for events and expos, including the São Paulo Art Biennial and the São Paulo Fashion Week.

The Manoel da Nóbrega Pavilion, which is located in the park until 1992 was the city hall. The Lucas Nogueira Garcez Pavilion, formerly known as Palácio das Exposições (Expositions Palace) and now known as the Oca ("hut", given its round shape), which harbors both the Air Force Museum and the Museu do Folclore (Folklore Museum).

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