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Banespa Building

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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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The tallest building in town

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Sao Paulo, SP
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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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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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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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Sao Paulo, SP
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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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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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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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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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