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Farol Santander: Tours & Tickets

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São Paulo's very own Empire State Building — the Edifício Altino Arantes, also 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...more
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Rua Joao Bricola 24 | Center, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01014-900, Brazil
(11) 3553-5627
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All reviews banespa building observation deck empire state building state bank definitely worth the visit several floors tower cityscape paulo downtown edificio observatory bulding height scenes centro landscape
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To get to The bulding is quite an adventure. For who apreciate learning the story of The foundation of The Santander bank and its luxurious instalations The visit is worthwhile . Very good coffe show on The roof.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank rjgold
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely the "main thing" to come to this place for is the view from its 26th floor (yes, not one of the "modern world towers" like the ones that I have been up above in some other countries, but likely the only one in Sao...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Myo M
Reviewed September 6, 2019 via mobile

I really enjoyed this particularly the exhibitions. They were unique and interactive. Loved it. Even if your not an art lover you will enjoy it. You first start at the 26th floor for the views which I know a lot of other reviewers have said...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank yota7
Reviewed August 18, 2019 via mobile

From the observation deck of the building one has the best view of the city. The architecture is similar to that of NYC Empire State Building. This building was formerly known as the Banespa building before it was bought by Santander. There are exhibits in...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Z5544LOpeterh
Reviewed May 30, 2019 via mobile

Located in downtown "Centro" of São Paulo, it's easy to access by the subway. The cost was only R$30 so it was a good deal. The tour has stops on several floors showing history of the bank and the city. There is a skate rink...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ahannah1989
Reviewed May 24, 2019

As there is so much different info here is what I found out (21.05.2019): There were basically two building with the possibility to visit the rooftop terrace. Edificio Italia usual visit only after 15:00 pm local time for 25 R$ Edificio Copan visit free after...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank ossyi
Reviewed April 15, 2019

After the adaptations, I thought Santander would somehow "kill" the icon, but they have been able to keep the most important elements from the old times and transform them into a great visitor experience. Also the exhibitions they host are very interesting ones. A very...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank PaulaRFSouza
Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

I call this Empire State Building of Sao Paolo. Pay attention to the chandelier at the lobby/ticketing area - it’s 1000 kg. There’s Cafe both outdoor and indoor by the viewing areas. A good glimpse of Sao Paolo.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Winnie C
Reviewed January 20, 2019

The building is beautiful, and hosts an exposition telling the history of the building itself, and of the banking in 1930-40. The view is great, although somewhat limited (the tall glass pannels are also somewhat annoying). If you have restricted time, I would recommend you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tatyana Z
Reviewed December 3, 2018

views are great, with some extra chairs to rest and enjoy, on top los of extra art presentation can be seen during the visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Philippe C
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Robert Susan H
August 1, 2015|
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Tourist access is restricted to floors 2, 3, 4, 5, and 26.