Aspects of Anhangabau Valley in São Paulo
The district and the valley of Anhangabaú form what is called the cradle of São Paulo. In the very beginning of its history, São Paulo comprehended solely the triangle formed by the Monastery of São Bento, the Monastery of São Francisco, and the Pátio do Colégio. Within this minute hub was the River Anhangabaú, which meant "bad spirits" in the native Tupi-Guarani language. In the 18th century, the river was canalised and buried into the ground, but the Anhangabaú valley still remained in its place. Revitalisation works in the 1980s have shaped the beautifully arranged square in the Vale do Anhangabaú (the "Anhangabaú Valley"), where nowadays one can find skateboarders and office workers hanging about.