Estação Julio Prestes (EN)

Designed by Christiano Stockler das Neves and built between 1925 and 1938, Julio Prestes was the initial station of Sorocabana Railway. The monumental building stands out for its 75-meter (246-feet) tall tower, featuring Louis XVI traits. Currently, in addition to the metropolitan train station, it houses São Paulo State’s Culture Department, Osesp (São Paulo State’s Symphony Orchestra), and Sala São Paulo.

Curiosities:

– In 1930, eight years before its inauguration, it became possible to board at the station thanks to conclusion of the platforms. The former station, located beside the new one, was thus disabled. At the time, an inauguration was held, attended by the former president of the state (governor) Júlio Prestes.

– The name “Júlio Prestes” was only adopted in 1951. Before this, the station was called “São Paulo”.

– The building has details in the Louis XVI style, its tower has a height of 75 meters and the English clock has pointers with diameter of four meters, made of frosted glass. The clock is the only one in the city moved by combined electrical and mechanical systems.

– Estação Júlio Prestes 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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