Vale do Anhangaba├║


The Anhangabaú Valley is a public promenade built over a road junction in downtown São Paulo, standing ten meters above the valley itself.

Anhangabaú means water of the evil spirit in Tupi language, named probably from some kind of hazard imposed by the bandeirantes to the natives in the vicinity of the river Anhangabaú, which runs today under the asphalt.
The land was an watercress and tea farm until 1822, and it got increasingly urbanized, until the 1930s when it was completely covered with the construction of an expressway.

In the early 1980s the architectural project of the large slab over the route was proposed through public vote, linking the two sides of the valley and redefining the green area between the Chá and the Santa Ifigenia viaducts.

Nowadays the Anhangabaú Valley holds many demonstrations, political rallies and popular shows, also it allows one to view one other postcards of the city, such as the Martinelli, Matarazzo and Banespão buildings, and the Theatro Municipal, place where Semana de Arte Moderna de 1922 took place, an initial landmark of Modernism in Brazil.