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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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Ranked #35 of 452 Attractions in Sao Paulo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Sao Paulo, SP
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48 reviews 48 reviews
36 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Auckland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Sao Paulo, SP
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The banespa building probably has the best bird eye views of SP. Perhaps other can rival, but this one is one of a kind, and definitely worth itl. However, one needs to be aware of the (many) donwsides: 1. long line, may take you more than one hour 2. Bad schedule, only opens 10 to 3 pm weekdays. 3. THEY... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It's for free and it's a unique and impressive view of Sao Paulo from the very top of the city. Buildings and skyscrapers as far as you eyes can see. Queues might take about an hour and the attraction closes at 3pm, so advise get there first thing in the morning.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

To meet São Paulo really, you should go to the viewpoints of the city, and among them is the Altino Arantes Building (old BANESPA Building). From there you will be surprised with the view of the city, from the Paulista Avenue (the best avenue known at the city) to the small airport (Campo de Marte) and Anhembi on the opposite... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

the view is amazing on top. shorter line if you go before 12pm, max 12:30 pm. Must have ID or CPF. No fee for visit but with short time limit to take pics on top - max 5 mins.

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Bogota, Colombia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Me gustó la vista. No me gustó la experiencia. Mucho tiempo esperando por tan poco.. I liked the view but the expierence is not worth it at all. Too much time waiting for nothing especial.

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Campinas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Banespa is a place you must go if you are in São Paulo's downtown. Sometimes there are long waiting times for reaching the top, but the wonderful view from there compensates it. Close to this building at Sao João avenue, there is "Martinelli Building" - that can be also visited - and will give a wonderful view of Banespa Building... More

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Spectacular view from the top of the tower. Provides a great perspective of the massive sprawl of Sao Paulo. 360 degrees of concrete jungle. Free admission, but be prepared for a long wait; not so much the crowd as much as the limited people allowed at any given time. The wait will test your patience. The museum in that building... More

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