What you'll do
A very few people today know that São Paulo was originally made of mud and in the hours we will spend together, I will share with you the knowledge I gathered over the years about this aspect of the history of the architecture of São Paulo. We will get access to some hidden spots of earthen buildings that are little known to the majority. It is an opportunity to dive into the world of a lost vernacular craftsmanship and tell the story of the city from the point of view of this forgotten architectural heritage. Is it true that colonial architects used slaves blood, cow manure or even whale fat to make these buildings? Have murdered bodies ever been found in the thick walls of rammed earth houses as legend says? Finally, what do we know about how houses were built and what the city looked like before the abolition of slavery, the arrival of European immigrants and the industrialisation of São Paulo, in the end of the XIX century? We will talk about this during an experience where we are going to visit historical buildings and colonial churches in the city centre, as well as one of the rare remaining dwellings of local traditional farmers that are unique of the culture of São Paulo.
I am passionate about the history of São Paulo. When I arrived here from Europe, 20 years ago, I found out that this city is an incredible universe of worlds, worlds I am never tired to discover. One of them is the world of the ancient houses build with an old traditional technique called Earthen Arquitecture: houses built with mud! Could you imagine?? So, as a scholar (I am a conservation scientist), I have started investigating and now I am sharing this experience and all the incredible little or huge discoveries that I made all over the years and that probably very few people are aware of.
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Where you'll be
Rammed earth ruins at São Paulo's ground zero; impressive hidden rammed earth wall in the São Francisco church and in the only remaining historical house from the imperial period; a vernacular houses of the first inhabitants of São Paulo who colonised the inner parts of Brazil (bandeirantes) and their constrasts with the modern city
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Up to 6 guests aged 15 and up can attend.
Unveil S. Paulo's earthen architecture
£16 / person
£16 / person