Been There – São Paulo

Here’s another Brazilian mug for your collection: Starbucks Been There – São Paulo. It is the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world with about 22 million people living in the metro area. According to historical documents, the city was founded on January 25, 1554, after Paul the Apostle.
These are some architectural elements to consider when visiting the city:
– I believe it is Paulista Avenue on the left to the handle which is a symbol and the center of the economic and political power of São Paulo where the headquarters of many financial and cultural institutions are located.
– Júlio Prestes is a train station located in the district of Santa Cecília. This historical station was named after former Governor of São Paulo and former President-elect of Brazil, Júlio Prestes.
– Obelisco de São Paulo – is a symbol of the Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932, and the biggest monument in the city. It is located in Ibirapuera Park and it took 23 years to complete this 236 ft tall pillar.
– The Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, a.k.a. “Ponte Estaiada”, was built in 2008 over the Pinheiros River. This cable-style bridge is almost a mile long and 453 ft tall and is the only bridge in the world that has two curved tracks supported by a single concrete mast. After all, it’s just a nice looking bridge, especially at night.
– Monumento à Independência do Brasil a.k.a. Monumento do Ipiranga is a granite and bronze sculpture built in 1884–1926. It is located at the historic site where Emperor Pedro I of Brazil proclaimed the independence of the country on September 7, 1822.

I would also like to mention the Mortadella sandwich, which can be seen on the front of the mug. It’s a sandwich that is very popular in Sao Paulo and usually consists of nearly half a pound of mortadella (Italian sausage) on sourdough bread, topped with Provolone cheese, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard.

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