Vila Mariana (district of São Paulo)
Location in the city of São Paulo
|• Subprefect||Maurício de Oliveira Pinterich|
|• Total||8.6 km2 (3.3 sq mi)|
|• Density||13,960/km2 (36,200/sq mi)|
|HDI||0.950 – very high|
|Website||Subprefecture of Vila Mariana|
Vila Mariana (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvila maɾiˈɐna]) is a borough of the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Located to the south of Bela Vista and Liberdade, east of Jardim Paulista and west of Ipiranga, it's a dynamic area of the city. Similar to its neighbor district, Moema, it's a wealthy area and it comprises some of the most famous symbols of São Paulo, like the Ibirapuera Park, the Obelisk and Mausoleum of the heroes from the Constitutional Revolution in 1932 and the "Monumento às Bandeiras".
Until the early 20th century, it used to be a stop for chariots and horse riders on the way to Jabaquara from the central area of São Paulo. The whole trip would take an entire day, but now it is commutable by car within less than 30 minutes.