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Banespa Building

Address: Rua Joao Bricola, 24 - Downtown | Subway Station São Bento, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Centro Historico)
Phone Number: 11 2196-3730
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$86*
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São Paulo City Sightseeing
89%
Ranked #36 of 294 Attractions in Sao Paulo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Lookouts, Landmarks
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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 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.
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Sao Paulo, SP
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172 reviews 172 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The Banespa is an important attraction in downtown SP, but it used to be much more accessible. Nowadays you have to make a registration downstairs and it takes ages. If you're looking for a nice view of the city, try the Martinelli around the corner, every half hour and you can spend 30 minutes enjoying the view (in the Banespa... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Have a nice view of the building forest in Sao Paulo. You can visit the top, but you need an ID (or passport) to check-in.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This building looks kind of like the Empire State Building's little brother, and gives you a view of all the surrounding buildings in Sao Paulo. There is a waiting line, so be prepared. Not everyone knows about it, so have the address handy. Torre do Banespa, 24 Rua João Brícola, Sé 01014 010. +55(11) 3249-7180. M-F, 10AM-5PM. The observation deck... More

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Even though the building as tall as I thought it would be, the view from the top was a great way to see the urban jungle of Sao Paulo. Make sure you bring your passport (or copy of your passport) since you need ID to check in. Only five people are allowed at the top at a time, so there... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

To start off it's a very nice city view. Since we got in 'Sampa' we were asking around for a observatory deck and strangely no locals knew about it or told us of this spot. It took another tourist to give us the tip. The view did not disappoint, despite the fact the building is not very tall, with its... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

See the whole of Sao Paulo infront of your eyes. The visit is short, so be fast to enjoy the moments!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is without a doubt one of the best view spots in São Paulo. Don´t forget to take a personal document with you, otherwise you won´t be able to get in the building. It´s a free attraction, however it is only open from monday to friday (business hours). There are a few staircases and I´m not sure it´s wheelchair friendly.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is spot is an obligation for who visits the city. In the past the building was the highest in São Paulo and there's still an are for sightseeing. You'll have a 360º of the city, the caos, the colors and modern architecture. Enjoy!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

The view from the top of the building is outstanding, you can see Sao Paulo in 360 degrees. The entrance is free. But on the other hand you have to wait in line for at least an hour, and when you go up to the building you have to spend another 30-35 minutes in the elevator and in another line... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Whats not to like? Its a free attraction which enables you to travel up one of the most iconic buildings in Sao Paulo to see one of the most amazing views, with the city stretching out all around you. A must do when in centro, just make sure you arrive before 11am when the line starts to grow.

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