Viaduto do Chá (EN)

The first viaduct of São Paulo was opened in 1892, designed by the Frenchman Jules Martin. With a metal frame and wooden floor, it allowed expanding the city center beyond Vale do Anhangabaú [Anhangabau Valley], then a location of tea crops that gave name to the viaduct. In 1938, it was demolished and replaced by the present viaduct, with Art Deco lines, designed by architect Elisiário Bahia.


– The name “Morro do Chá” [Tea Hil] was given to the region of the so-called Centro Novo [New Downtown] because there used to be a farm where Indian tea and vegetables were cultivated.

– Immediately after its inauguration, it was dubbed as “Viaduto dos Três Vinténs” [Viaduct of the Three Coins], in reference to the toll rate value that was charged for crossing of pedestrians. An undersigned petition sent to the City Council forced the City Hall to acquire the construction – which pertained to the Companhia Paulista do Viaduto do Chá [São Paulo Tea Viaduct Company] – to suspend collection.

– Passage over the viaduct offers two lovely views. On one of the sides, the Anhangabaú Valley can be observed with the Santa Ifigênia Viaduct, and the Mirante do Vale [Valley’s Belvedere] Building – the tallest in the city – at the end, as the Theatro Municipal [Opera House]. On the other side, Praça da Bandeira [Flag Square] can be seen, framed to the left by the Edifício Matarazzo [Matarazzo Building] and to the right by the Edifício Alexandre Mackenzie [Alexandre Mackenzie Building].

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Location: Viaduto do Chá connects Praça do Patriarca to Praça Ramos de Azevedo.