São Paulo’s main branch banks and other government buildings are large, ostentatious edifices. There are super-modern buildings with all-glass exteriors, but these in the old part of downtown are built in the style of the early 20th century. Most of them are located along XV de Novembro and adjacent streets. Particular notable are the arches, decorative facades, and detailed ironwork.
At nearby Praça da Sé is the imposing Catedral da Sé.
Some historical entryways are far less imposing.