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Address: Rua Joao Bricola - Downtown 24 | Subway Station São Bento, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01014-900, Brazil
Phone Number:
11 2196-3730
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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One of the Sao Paulo's landmarks

Banespa building used to be one of the tallest buildings in Sao Paulo and it offers, still now, a wonderful view of the city. It's located at downtown with many other interesting... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2015
Sao Paulo, SP
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed October 25, 2015

Banespa building used to be one of the tallest buildings in Sao Paulo and it offers, still now, a wonderful view of the city. It's located at downtown with many other interesting attractions around. As a curiosity, this building appears in some scenes of the movie Blindness, from 2008.

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Reviewed October 10, 2015

I didn’t actually go up in the building because it closed too early. This building is free but be aware that it closes at 3:30pm and earlier. The other buildings which allow sky line views also close early. I tried going to the Italian building near Republica metro but it was closed for renovation. I can’t actually comment on the... More 

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed September 17, 2015

Views are good but the whole process of getting to the top and dealing with an array of very grumpy staff make it exhausting. Make sure you bring ID with you and steel yourself for the bureaucracy and lack of joy from the staff (I imagine sadly that it has to do with the working conditions they face).

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Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

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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Orlando, Florida
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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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Denver, Colorado
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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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Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

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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Calgary, Canada
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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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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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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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