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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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As featured in Sao Paulo for free
Ranked #29 of 421 attractions in Sao Paulo
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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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

A must do in the city if you are into skyscrapers city views. Things to remember: Bring a photo id with you and don't wear thongs (flip flops) Tip: Arrive early to avoid the long lines, take a panoramic photo shoot and enjoy the most the short time allocated for the visit. They provide lockers for big bags or backpacks.... More

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Moscow, Russia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

We decided to visit tge observatiob deck on monday. On arrival there was a pretty long queue and it was moving like one person per 5 minutes, because the lady was checking the id and luggage. It appeared tgat without id you cant go up, and it is a shame that nobody wrote about it, as soon as i usually... More

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

You might wait a little to get on top of this, but you wont regret. A great view of brazilian's big apple from the brazilian Empire State. Best part: free admission.

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Juiz de Fora, Brazil
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

From the top of Banespa building you have a fantastic view of the city, at an angle of 360 degrees.The only drawback is the wait time in the entrance hall, which can take more than one hour.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

great place to see the city, but be awere that the closing time is 3pm and is open just on week days. they allow u to stay just 5 minutes on the top, but its really nice. when you finish, just go in a bulding very close by, Martinelli, the first bulding in SP.

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SP
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The queue is long but it moves relatively fast. You also have little time upstairs but it's worth the visit! You have a 360 degrees view of the city and it is stunning!

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Shenyang, China
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Get there at 0955 and you'll be first up. When they say 5 minutes at the top they mean 5 minutes at the top. Courteous staff all the way, though. What can you say? It's for seeing the skyline... and it delivers.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

As other reviews have noted, the building is only open during weekdays and not on holidays. I went around 2pm on a Wednesday and there was a only a short line, but it look a long time nonetheless. The receptionists and the computer system are not really equipped to deal with the volume of people who would like to see... More

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