|Araca Cemetery (Cemitério do Araçá)|
|Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 666|
Sao Paulo’s answer to Buenos Aires’ La Recoleta or Paris’ Père-Lachaise cemeteries serves as a final resting place for the city’s most influential and cash-flush former residents. Go tomb hunting for the graves of artist Tarsila do Amaral or writer Monteiro Lobato, two of the necropolis’ more exalted occupants. Saint Paul’s city of the dead is also home to a mausoleum owned by the State Military Police, exclusively for officers killed in action. Despite the cemetery’s grid plan, visitors will likely find themselves disoriented, if not outright lost, amongst a sea of decadent statues and chapel-size monuments built in homage to various familial clans. Fortunately, groundskeepers offer free, guided tours to counteract the prospect of spending an unsolicited ghoul’s night out graveside. The most luxurious tombs are located at the top of the cemetery’s slope and get conspicuously less glamorous as you descend the hill toward the graveyard’s northern limit. It’s a concrete reminder that deceased Paulistanos are not all equal, even in death.
|Right off the Clinicas metro stop.|
- Look for eccentric Candomblé offerings like candles and dead chickens.
- Bargain flower shops border the cemetery along Avenida Dr. Arnaldo.
- Befriend the cemetery’s abundant stray cat population.
- Trench coat wearing goths prowl the cemetery over weekends from dusk to dawn.
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