Walter Galera Garden – São Paulo, Brazil - Atlas Obscura

Walter Galera Garden

Hidden in plain sight, this lush garden sits atop one of the most iconic buildings in São Paulo.  

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At the top of the Matarazzo Building, nowadays serving as São Paulo’s city hall, lurks a garden that not only contains plant species from all over the world, but also presents magnificent views of the city.

The garden takes its name from a former janitor of the building, who began growing some of plants on the terrace. The building is mesmerizing unto itself. Constructed using Italian marble, it was commissioned by Francesco Matarazzo, an Italian immigrant who went on to become one of Brazil’s most prominent entrepreneurs. Once inside be sure to look for the mosaic depicting the entire country.  

Know Before You Go

Visitors are only able to reach the garden by attending a guided tour. They last for an hour. Guided tours are offered from Monday to Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visitors must register at the reception desk of the building, at least one hour prior to the beginning of the tour. The reception desk is located on the left as you enter the building.

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