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Banespa Building

Rua Joao Bricola, 24 - Downtown | Subway Station São Bento, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Centro Historico)
11 2196-3730
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Ranked #38 of 446 attractions in Sao Paulo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Lookouts
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: São Paulo's very own Empire State Building — the Edifício Altino Arantes, better known by the name of its previous owner, Banespa — opened in 1947 as... more » Owner description: São Paulo's very own Empire State Building — the Edifício Altino Arantes, better known by the name of its previous owner, Banespa — opened in 1947 as a symbol of the fast-growing city's economic might. The striking views from the observation deck, accessed from the 33rd floor of the 161-meter-tall building, never fail to impress visitors. Views, while free, are daytime only; the building is only open during normal business hours. « less
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Sao Paulo, SP
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

To meet São Paulo really, you should go to the viewpoints of the city, and among them is the Altino Arantes Building (old BANESPA Building). From there you will be surprised with the view of the city, from the Paulista Avenue (the best avenue known at the city) to the small airport (Campo de Marte) and Anhembi on the opposite... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

the view is amazing on top. shorter line if you go before 12pm, max 12:30 pm. Must have ID or CPF. No fee for visit but with short time limit to take pics on top - max 5 mins.

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Bogota, Colombia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Me gustó la vista. No me gustó la experiencia. Mucho tiempo esperando por tan poco.. I liked the view but the expierence is not worth it at all. Too much time waiting for nothing especial.

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Campinas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Banespa is a place you must go if you are in São Paulo's downtown. Sometimes there are long waiting times for reaching the top, but the wonderful view from there compensates it. Close to this building at Sao João avenue, there is "Martinelli Building" - that can be also visited - and will give a wonderful view of Banespa Building... More

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Spectacular view from the top of the tower. Provides a great perspective of the massive sprawl of Sao Paulo. 360 degrees of concrete jungle. Free admission, but be prepared for a long wait; not so much the crowd as much as the limited people allowed at any given time. The wait will test your patience. The museum in that building... More

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Coimbra, Portugal
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92 reviews 92 reviews
65 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Not to miss this. If you go on week days you don't have that many lines, I only waited for 15m and the best part, its free! Great views over the city. You only get 5m up there but it is sufficient to take the shots and admire the views.

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Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

Very nice from the floor 54 to see 360 degrees wait 30 minutes must identify card with photo or passport

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We only waited a few minutes and thought time at the top is limited to five minutes it is well worth it. The view of endless tower blocks spreading out in all directions is breathtaking. You get a true feel for the size of this enormous, amazing city. A Sao Paulo must do, stunning.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The views are amazing. But do bear in mind that you'll wait about 90 minutes to have 5 minutes at thte top. Luckily its free, if I'd have had to pay, it wouldn't have been worth it! You'll need your passport to visit.

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Sweden
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

You have a stunning view from Banespa building. It´s a Little tricky to get all the way up: change elevators, climb stairs and you have limited time to stay at the top. That´s because more Groups have to access the platform. But I got some Amazing shots from the top.

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