Beco do Batman

Coordinates: 23°33′24″S 46°41′12″W / 23.556541°S 46.686587°W / -23.556541; -46.686587
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Beco do Batman
Rua Gonçalo Afonso,
Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque
Coordinates: 23°33′24″S 46°41′12″W / 23.556541°S 46.686587°W / -23.556541; -46.686587
StateSão Paulo
MunicipalitySão Paulo
NeighborhoodVila Madalena

Beco do Batman (English: Batman Alley) is the nickname for the area around Rua Gonçalo Afonso and Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque in the Vila Madalena neighborhood of São Paulo, Brazil.[1] Beco do Batman is a popular tourist destination because of the dense concentration of graffiti that line the streets.

History of Beco do Batman[edit]

The nickname for the area is attributed to a graffito of the DC Comics character Batman which was painted on one of the walls in the 1980s.[2] Local art students began filling the walls with other psychedelic and cubist influenced designs.[1][3]

Vila Madalena received thousands of tourists during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and there was a corresponding rise in reported incidents of robbery and assault in and around Beco do Batman during the period (2013–2014).[4]

The graffiti of Beco do Batman is now continually renovated and cared for by local community members.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c Manara, Amanda. "Beco do Batman". (in Portuguese). Site oficial de turismo da cidade de São Paulo. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  2. ^ Dunder, Karla (15 October 2010). "Vila Madalena: grafites fazem a fama do Beco do Batman". (in Portuguese). Veja SP. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  3. ^ Rocha, Camilo (28 May 2010). "São Paulo unleashes Brazilian creative energy". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  4. ^ Machado, Leandro (13 December 2014). "Beco turístico na região da Vila Madalena vive onda de assaltos". (in Portuguese). Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 9 June 2015.

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