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Address: Rua Joao Bricola, 24 - Downtown | Subway Station São Bento, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Phone Number: 11 2196-3730
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: São Paulo's very own Empire State Building — the Edifício Altino Arantes...
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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Best view of the city

Free entrance, you can go to the top and admire the huge city of Sao Paulo. The tower is in the city center and easy to find

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Free entrance, you can go to the top and admire the huge city of Sao Paulo. The tower is in the city center and easy to find

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State of Sao Paulo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It is one of the most iconic buildings in the capital city, and the 3rd highest city and the 5th of Brazil. Built from 1939, the federal intervenor Ademar Pereira de Barros to host the State Bank of São Paulo (Banespa), and inaugurated in 1947 also by Ademar de Barros when he was governor of São Paulo, it was for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Came here twice, once during the day and the views are quite extensive and again at night for a drink in the bar and to view the city lights

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

One of the best views of SP. I`m not sure but the building terrace is open for visitors from 10am to 4pm (try to arrive earlier than that and make sure you have a document in hands). Unfortunately there are a queues and time to stay they is limited (last time I stayed about 10 minutes only). But, it`s worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Even though you can only stay for five minutes, this is enough to take in great views of São Paulo! And it is for free! Just don't forget to bring ID!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

On weekdays is possible to free visit the building and go up there, where you can see the hole city by amazing 360o view. It's so impressive how small we are and how little we matter here by this point of view!

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

It takes some time to get up there cause only 5 people are allowed to be on top at the time. They say that you get five minutes on top however actually it's even less. If the queue is not so long then it's totally worth to visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This former very substantial Brazillian bank building was built in the early 1900's and sold to Banco Santander in 2000. It affords one of the best viewpoints in central Sao Paulo. The atrium is enormous and beautifully clad with marble or similar. A spectacular chandelier hangs in the middle. After queuing(not long if you are lucky) you are conducted to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The building is also known as Edificio Altino Arantes. The admission is free of charge (don't let anyone convince you otherwise), but the wait time may be longish (30-60 minutes) and your time at the very top is limited (exactly 5 minutes). But it's worth it - magnificent views, nice photo opportunities, pretty view of Se Square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

It is a gorgeous building in the middle of the busy Sao Paulo city center. I have not been inside though.

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Address: Address: Rua Joao Bricola, 24 - Downtown | Subway Station São Bento, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Phone Number: 11 2196-3730
Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Sao Paulo (SP)  >  Sao Paulo>  > Centro

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To truly know São Paulo, you have to start at the old center, full of history and landmarks with stories to tell. Get a taste of local food at the Municipal Market, and if you are brave enough, head to the crowded shopping street “25 de março” for cheap deals on a wide assortment of items. Beautiful buildings in this area include the Post Office Building, Luz Station, Pagé Gallery, Pateo do Colegio and the iconic “Viaduto do Chá”. If you find yourself amazed by the local language, the Museum of Portuguese Language is the place to go. Cultural centers, like Banco do Brasil’s, also offer a variety of entertainment options. Finally, if you fancy watching a Gregorian mass with organ music, stop by São Bento Monastery on a Sunday morning.
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