In the middle of the Plaza of the See of Sao Paulo stands the Catedral Metropolitana. Outside the cathedral is a recent statue of St Paul; sightseers like to sit at his feet.

“The church is Mark ‘0’ in city which all streets in city has a reference to it, beginning all count numbers to the nearest point to this square and increasing to farest outside point. ”

“The crypt has the tombs of all bishops and archbishops of São Paulo. Of special note are the bronze tombs of two important historical figures: Father Diogo Feijó and the cacique Tibiriçá. Feijó was regent of Brazil during the infancy of Brazilian Emperor Pedro II. Tibiriçá was the cacique (chieftain) of the Guaianaz tribe who, in the 16th century, welcomed the first Jesuits to the Piratininga Plateau and whose aid made the foundation of São Paulo possible.”

Traffic grinds past, the destitute pause on the cathedral steps, the city cleans the pavements with a power wash truck. A line of palms march away down the hill. In the distance, tiny figures squat on an abandoned half-built block, perched at the top of an unfinished stairway.