Farol Santander

Farol Santander, Sao Paulo: Hours, Address, Farol Santander Reviews: 4.5/5

Farol Santander
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Lookouts
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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, 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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Sé, which derives its name from Sé Square, is a central neighbourhood in historic São Paulo. Close by, the Law School, the Museum of the Court of Justice and the Metropolitan Cathedral offer inspiring architecture. If you are looking for cultural activities, head to Caixa Cultural and check the schedule. In the area there is a popular pedestrian street called “Rua Direita”, one of the first streets in the region, which today marks the crowded perimeter. Sé is a great area to explore during daytime, but use caution if visiting alone at night.
How to get there
  • São Bento • 2 min walk
  • Sé • 6 min walk
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marcusrjr
Sao Paulo, SP1,578 contributions
Nice view and exhibits
Feb 2021 • Couples
This is a hystorical building. It has a great view, although the top was closed for visitation. We stiil could see some main places of São Paulo.
Also, there are cultural exhibitons through the lower floors.
It was fun, we recomend to visit it .
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Written 21 February 2021
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Mila Yael
Sao Paulo, SP160 contributions
Worth a visit
Jan 2021 • Couples
The place is worth a visit especially if you are from out of town. However, the space to enjoy the view is rather narrow. I enjoyed the temporary expositions too and it’s nice to see an old building revitalized.
Written 7 January 2021
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Gi M.
27 contributions
Beautiful and nice lunch
Oct 2019 • Business
The museum is beautiful. We loved every floor we visited. Well worth the time. We enjoyed our visit to have lunch in the rooftop restaurant. While I expected more in terms of decor, the food was delicious and we would definitely return when in the area.
Written 23 February 2020
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Everson S
Austria278 contributions
Interesting. Great Views
Jan 2020 • Friends
The main thing is the top floor. Grey views from São Paulo. There's a bar in this floor.
Then, going down, this project offers entertainment for kids, some art galleries and some history about the BESP Bank.
I liked it.
Written 10 February 2020
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adelaidesurflifesaver
Adelaide, Australia320 contributions
GREAT VIEW MARRED BY STUPID ENTRY/EXIT PAYMENT SYSTEM
Mar 2019
Farol Santander is an old Art Deco building with nice views of the city from its top level and take a few snaps. Make sure you go on a sunny day to enjoy the full views from the top. There is an entry fee, however you need the ticket to exit (which is bizarre). Note, keep your ticket to exit.

I hope this review is helpful : )
Written 20 January 2020
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Cristina S
Sao Paulo, SP82 contributions
Must go in downtown São Paulo
Jan 2020 • Family
We went there for a specific temporary exhibition (Tarsila do Amaral for kids - loooved it) but he building itself is a landmark and the renovation made there put the old and new together. It is in the heart of São Paulo and there are other attractions one can also enjoy once there. On the 29th floor there is a nice “mirante” with great view of this huge city. Just go! Check exhibits on the internet before and buy tickets online to avoid disappointments.
Written 5 January 2020
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voyageur_moscovite
Moscow144 contributions
Definitely worth visiting!
Nov 2019 • Solo
This city landmark built in 1947 offers great view on São Paulo from 26th floor.
I was surprised by the quality of exhibitions, with one currently on masks, showing wonderful pieces from the whole world.
In the lower floors, the exhibition about the history of this building and banking activities is also very interesting.
Written 23 November 2019
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gold@terra.combr
rio de janeiro63 contributions
View the great São Paulo
Jun 2019
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.
Written 9 November 2019
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
A "letdown view" but "much more" :)
Feb 2019
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 Paulo for "public viewing from above" and to which I actually had to make two visits with the floor closed due to weather on the first visit), but I would just say that it was quite a bit of a "letdown view" from these two narrow outdoor balconies (instead of from a 360-degree viewing deck), and so really not much time is required just for those "fixed views" (since there's hardly any space to move around along those narrow balconies) which are also in just about two directions although yes what is there to see (which is how I would describe as a cityscape of highrises) is a "fairly panoramic" one especially from one of the two balconies. But then, after that initial disappointment on the 26th floor (which, apart from those two small viewing balconies, is actually mostly taken up by a cafe likely a pricey one), what made my visit to this building a "pretty worthwhile" one are the six floors down below (although the displays on some of them might have just been of temporary nature): the 23rd floor with plenty of mirrors, colorful lights & those kind of like big lego blocks or such which really produce some "surreal scenes" of looking up or looking down some tall structures, the 22nd floor with an "astronomy type" of show on the walls in an empty room, the 5th floor with displays of the boardroom, offices & portraits of the presidents of the bank that this building once was, the 4th floor with drawings by the local artist Vik Muniz of the city during his childhood as he recalled (pretty nice ones actually "just like photos" at first glance), the 3rd floor with displays of a row of desks to learn the day-to-day operations of the bank, and finally the 2nd floor with a "long screen" for a documentary show of the development of the city in the 20th century. And yes, also "quite a sight" to see is the big chandelier hanging from the ceiling above the lobby area on the first floor (from the height of a number of floors & which I'm quite sure is the "biggest one" I've ever seen!).

And nearby, at just about a 5-minute walk to the north (to the right after coming out of this building) is the long rectangular-shaped Mosteiro de Sao Bento with its "church part" open to the public where to see inside is really quite a beautiful scene of a "great number" of colorful statues of saints; and also not far away at a 5-to-10-minute walk to the south (to the left after coming out of this building) is the square Praca da Se with the city's "main cathedral" Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo with "huge pillars" inside & a "big circle" like a compass or such right outside where there's also nearby a standing statue of St. Paul; and yes also all around in the vicinity of this building are cobble-stoned "pedestrian streets" to browse the shops along their sides.

If coming by metro, Sao Bento Station (Line 1) is where to get off from which it's just about a 5-minute walk across the street in front of the station then up the cobble-stoned way at like directly on the other side of the street from Mosteiro de Sao Bento (which is pretty much right beside the station) followed by a block to the left to the cobble-stoned way where this building is.
Written 25 October 2019
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Peter H
Mississauga, Canada326 contributions
Breathtaking view of the city
Aug 2019 • Family
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 some floors that show how a traditional Brazilian bank looked in its early days.
Written 18 August 2019
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