Estação da Luz (EN)

One of the symbols of the city – especially the 60-meter (197-feet) tall tower –, it was designed by the Englishman Charles Henry Driver, and opened in 1901 as the seat of Santos-Jundiaí Railroad – which was instrumental to the coffee economy that drove the São Paulo transformation into a metropolis. Today, it is a key station of the metropolitan transit system, in addition to housing the Museu da Língua Portuguesa.

Curiosities:

– Estação da Luz [Luz Station] was the entrance gate to São Paulo for thousands of Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, German immigrants and so many others.

– The Expresso Turístico [Tourist Express], railway service inaugurated in 2009 by the Secretaria de Estado dos Transportes Metropolitanos [Metropolitan Transport State Secretariat] and by CPTM (Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos [São Paulo Metropolitan Train Company]), aims at integrating points of tourist interest located in the course of the railway line. The trips take place in fully refurbished wagons and accompanied by monitors. There are three route options: Luz-Jundiaí, Luz-Mogi das Cruzes and Luz – Paranapiacaba. For further information, access the website.

– The “Epopéia Paulista” [São Paulo Epic] panel, located in the tunnel of access to the Luz Subway Station, is a work by the fine artist Maria Bonomi and contemplates the memory of the Luz Station and the types of people of São Paulo City. The work is divided into 3 parts: Amarelo [Yellow] – making reference to the northeastern presence in the city, with illustrations that remit to string literature and to the color that represents the dry earth of the Northeast; Branco [White] – the straight lines represent the train and subway tracks, the white color symbolizes the future to be built in the city by those who arrive; Vermelho [Red] – illustrates objects forgotten by users in the day-to-day of the station, and the color represents the reddish “purple soil” that favored the success of the coffee plantations in the state of São Paulo.

– In 1946, the Luz building was partially destroyed by a fire and the construction won a new floor in the reform that followed.

– Estação da Luz [Luz Station] is part of the ‘Coffee and the History of the City’ thematic itinerary. For further information, access www.cidadedesaopaulo.com or seek the nearest Tourist Information Center.

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Address: Praça da Luz, s/n – Luz.

Expresso Turístico [Tourist Express] operation hours:

Trem Expresso Jundiaí – every saturday from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Travelling time: 1h30;

Expresso Turístico Mogi das Cruzes – every second sunday of the month from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Travelling time: 1h30.

Expresso Turístico Paranapiacaba – every sunday except the second of the month from 8h30 AM to 4h30 PM. Boarding and disembarkation options at Estação da Luz or Estação Prefeito Celso Daniel – Santo André (Linha 10-Turquesa of CPTM). Travelling time: 1h30.

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