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Butanta and Morumbi

Butantã is a borough of the city of São Paulo, Brazil. It's placed in the west margin of the river Pinheiros and it's divided into six districts: Butantã, Jaguaré, Vila Sônia, Rio Pequeno, Raposo Tavares and Morumbi.

In this borough is placed the headquarts of the government of the State of São Paulo: the Palácio dos Bandeirantes (The Bandeirantes Palace), and also the headquarters and main campus of the University of São Paulo. Like Pinheiros, Butantã has many high-class residential areas, despite of some slumquarters placed in the border areas, because it's also placed in the limits of the city.

Butantã Institute Snake Farm, Instituto Butantã Study of venomous snakes and insects and their antidotes.

Ranked first by many years in real estate launches, it was always considered by the citizens of São Paulo as sophisticated and as one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of the city, despite the existence of the Paraisópolis favela. The proximity with some favelas and poorer neighborhoods such as Vila Sônia, Campo Limpo and Jardim São Luís, as well as poor areas such as the cities of Taboão da Serra, Embu and Osasco) makes the neighborhood more vulnerable to violence than others of elevated social level (like Higienópolis, Jardins and Alto de Pinheiros), according to specialists.

Within the boundaries of Morumbi one may find Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, one of the most important private hospitals of the city, Palácio dos Bandeirantes, seat of the São Paulo state government, the American School (Graded School) and estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo, the largest privately owned soccer stadium in the world, home to São Paulo Futebol Clube.

A large shopping mall located in the south of the city (albeit in Santo Amaro, which is not in the Morumbi neighborhood) carries the name Shopping Morumbi.

Palácio dos Bandeirantes
Did you know that Palácio dos Bandeirantes, the headquarters of São Paulo's government, was initially conceived to be a university that would be called "Fundação Conde Francisco Matarazzo"? The building started being built in 1955, but financial problems led to a halt in works. Several unsuccessful attempts were made so that a foundation, such as "Getúlio Vargas" and "São Paulo", would take on its management. In view of this, the government of the state of São Paulo started negotiating and, on April 19, 1964, the headquarters of the state government was transferred from Palácio dos Campos Elíseos to the new building at Morumbi. The name "Bandeirantes" is a tribute to the pioneering explorers who expanded the country's borders. Few people know that Palácio dos Bandeirantes has a rich art collection totaling approximately 1,680 works of art. Pictures by neoclassic painters such as Almeida Jr., Oscar Pereira da Silva, Pedro Américo, among others, can be found there. Among other attractions, there are Salão dos Pratos, Salão Barroco and Galeria dos Governadores, open to the public when scheduled in advance.

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