The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo is based at the imposing building of the railroad Sorocabana, nowadays, home of the Symphony Orchestra of the State of São Paulo and one of the most important houses of concerts and events in the country.

Designed by Christiano Stockler das Neves in 1925, a period in which the city, fueled by the coffee boom and by the new railway, was growing at fast pace. The building, marked by sobriety of ornaments and details of the style of Louis XVI , was completed only in 1938, when the urbanization of São Paulo, already characterized by the presence of vehicles, minimized the use of trams and trains.

The main areas of the building had already been leased for holding parties and corporate events when, in 1997, the Secretary of Culture of the State of São Paulo took over control of it, to make it the Julio Prestes Cultural Complex. Located in city centre, nearby the Pinacoteca of the State and the Museum of Sacred Art, the Sala São Paulo revitalize the region for good.

Listed as historic site by Condephaat the Sala São Paulo was inaugurated on July 9, 1999 with the presentation of the Resurrection Symphony, from Gustav Mahler, by the Osesp to be kept as a important milestone in the city.

OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday: 10am to 18pm, or until the start of the concert. Saturday: whenever there is from 10am to 04:30pm or until the start of the concert. Sunday and holiday: whenever there is from two hours before the concert.