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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
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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A view of the city

if you can make it up onto the 36th floor you can see Sao Paulo from the roof tops. its pretty amazing. just so you know the building is call Edifício Altino Arantes, this is part... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Yesterday we were told it was closed for renovation. No end date at present. So suggest you check before you go:(

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

if you can make it up onto the 36th floor you can see Sao Paulo from the roof tops. its pretty amazing. just so you know the building is call Edifício Altino Arantes, this is part of old central Sao Paulo. have fun and enjoy the views

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I really like to visit as many observation decks to get a better view of the city and as far as I know, this building is the best way to see Sao Paulo from a really high point. Since this attraction is free, lots of people line up to see it and so the staff at the top have to... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

First of all, the building is no longer called Banespa (although many people still call it that); it's now called Altino Arrantes. We struggled to find the unmarked entrance. And then we were told that the observation deck is closed for refurbishment, and that the reopening date is unknown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Well I don't think you will be able to go up on this building but it is seem from everywhere in the old downtown of SP. It holds the Sao Paulo flag. Paulista flag.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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

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

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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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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