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Catedral da Sé (Sé Cathedral), São Paulo Downtown.

The Catedral da Sé is the cathedral of São Paulo, Brazil. Its construction, in modified Gothic style, began in 1913 and did not end until four decades later. This delay was mainly a consequence of the use of granite in the greater part of its walls.

The cathedral (with the exception of its towers, which would be finished later) was dedicated in 1954 as part of the celebration of São Paulo's Fourth Centenary. It is the largest church in São Paulo, with a length of 111 meters, a width of 46 meters, towers 92 meters high, a dome 30 meters high, and capacity for 8,000 people. More than 800 tons of rare marble were used in its completion. The cathedral underwent a period of intense restoration between 2000 and 2002, and the São Paulo Department of Historical Property is in the process of obtaining legislative protection for it.

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