Nestled amidst the cacophony of one of the noisiest streets in São Paulo lies the city’s first-ever public cemetery, the Cemiterio da Consolação. Housing the remains of the crème de la crème of the “coffee with milk” era, where São Paulo’s coffee industry and Minas Gerais’s dairy ruled the roost, this burial ground also serves as the final resting place of the city’s artistic upper crust.
In 1858, the Emperor’s Institutional Act was passed to put an end to the hazardous practice of burying the dead in and around churches. This led to the creation of the Cemitério da Consolação, designed to curb the spread of infectious diseases.
Although two more cemeteries opened later, the Consolação Cemetery remained a favored choice for São Paulo’s aristocratic families. Its lavish and state-of-the-art tombs serve as a symbol of wealth and power. Adding to the grandeur, the cemetery also boasts a vast collection of funerary art created by renowned artists such as Victor Brecheret and Ramos de Azevedo.In addition to its cemeteries, the Consolação neighborhood is known for its vibrant nightlife and street art scene. This eclectic neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best bars, clubs, and music venues, making it a popular destination for partygoers and music lovers alike.
Know Before You Go
You can book a guided tour on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. or tour on your on during the weekdays. Don't forget your phone, for the QR-codes on every tomb will help you understand the story of every monument.