São Paulo is on a plateau at an elevation of about 823 m (about 2700 ft) and is divided by the Tietê River.
One of the largest cities in the world. The population of the city has increased to more than ten times what it was in 1920. With over 2.500 highrise buildings Sao Paulo was the Skyscraper capital of South America in 2004.
São Paulo is noted as an educational and cultural center. Among the more important institutions are the University of São Paulo (1934), the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (1946), and Mackenzie University (1952).
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Both the Modern Art Museum and the Municipal Library have outstanding collections. The Butantan Institute (1901) is internationally famous for its research on snakes and snakebites and for the production of vaccines and serums. Univerity
São Paulo is the financial center of Brazil and the commercial center for products, particularly coffee, brought from the interior and shipped from the nearby port of Santos.
Major cities near Sao Paulo:
Rio de Janeiro
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