Future lawyers…here is your impressive Faculty of Law. Welcome to As Arcadas!
Portuguese colonial architecture.
A visit to this square in the centre of São Paulo will take you to the birthplace of the best lawyers and governors in the country. Here you will find yourself face-to-face with the impressive Universidad de São Paulo's Faculty of Law building, opened in 1828 and also known as As Arcadas. Formerly, this singular monument formed part of an architectural triangle along with the San Francisco de Asís Convent (established at the start of the 17th century), the Ordem Terceira da Penitência Church and the Faculty itself. When the Franciscans arrived in São Paulo with the idea to evangelise, they made a grave mistake when choosing where to set up the parish; they chose a site without water and exposed to the wind. The City Council managed to find them another, less inhospitable, site where they could establish their convent: Largo São Francisco. Currently the convent and its church are two of the best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture.