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Banespa Building

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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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Scared of Heights? Dont Go

This is definitely not for the faint of heart. It's a beautiful view of the city of São Paulo, that's for sure, but once you reach the top, beware it's very windy, there's not... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

This is definitely not for the faint of heart. It's a beautiful view of the city of São Paulo, that's for sure, but once you reach the top, beware it's very windy, there's not much rail protection and you're very exposed. Also a little claustrophobic since the area is so small and there are so many people up there. Just... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

If u enjoy views of city, this is the place for u. U can see all Sao Paulo. The only problem is that is close to manutenance.

Thank SandraEmilia
Nevada City, California
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

Can't describe the experience, because tried to go twice - once on a sunday - OK makes sense its closed, but also on a Friday afternoon. Should have been open. Guard seemed to indicate they no longer let the public go up, but my Portuguese is not very good. Can anyone verify?

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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Nice but i was expecting a little bit more. It has a nice view of the city but nothing else. Good to visit once!

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

It is an impressive building. People told me the view from the top is amazing but I was not able to go. It seems like it has been more than 2 years that people can't go on the top.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

The Banespa Building is a great stop for a view of the entire city. It's a free visit, you just need to check in with an ID when you arrive. And the lobby design is lovely to appreciate as you wait to go up.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

There is not much to see on the building itself, but the view from the top is great, and best of all, it is free.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

The Banespa Building security guard was very nice, and suggested we go to the rooftop at the nearby Martinelli Building (Predio Martinelli). Av. Sao Joao #35. Not as tall as Banespa, but good views. Staff is friendly at Martinelli. You just need to sign in at the security desk & you can spend 20 minutes on the roof. Free. Hours... More 

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Cerritos, California
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Reviewed 29 November 2015

When we arrived to the Banespa Building after paying taxi cab driver R$25 we saw the sign saying it's closed for improvements. Bummer indeed. After Banespa Building, check out the local stores near by Sao Bentos cathedral.

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Toledo, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 November 2015

If you are looking for a panorama view of Sao Paulo and don't want to pay lots of money for Italian building, check Banespa building. Staff was friendly and respectful. It was not that crowded on a Saturday.

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