Farol Santander
Farol Santander
4.5
9:00 AM - 8:00 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.
Duration: 1-2 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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Jarbas A
Leeds, UK3 contributions
May 2023
Beautiful art deco building with some intriguing bars serving very reasonably priced food and drinks in the old safe rooms below ground level.
Written 31 May 2023
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Denisedib
Brasilia, DF286 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Amazing!
The space is very nice.
We can see São Paulo o The top.
There are some exhibitions.
There are some coffee shops.
We can see old furniture.
Written 7 May 2023
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Thomas B
Sao Paulo, SP19 contributions
Apr 2023 • Business
Considering the limited options for views in SP this is a better one. It’s a reasonable price snd they also have exhibitions that are somewhat different
Written 7 April 2023
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom20,374 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Farol Santander is one of the major landmarks of São Paulo and was constructed between 1939 and 1947. It is an iconic Art Deco skyscraper and has been previously known as Altino Arantes building and Banespa Tower. It was designed by Plínio Botelho do Amaral who was inspired by the Empire State Building in New York. Not long after its completion it was named the world's largest structure of reinforced concrete. It is certainly a sight to behold and one of the most notable of the many skyscrapers that dominate the skyline of São Paulo.
Written 2 March 2023
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Citito
La Paz, Bolivia59 contributions
Feb 2023
This was a nice find, the tower is about 29 floors tall, you get to visit it for 7 USD, the 28th floor is the place to atch the city, very nice views and confortable space, as you walk down the are different art exibitions, even an indoor skate park!!
Written 27 February 2023
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Fatima d
Rio de Janeiro, RJ93 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
We went to the bar in the basement located inside the old safe. The staff was very unorganized! And rude.
The bar only opens at 4.00 PM. We were the second group waiting online. Only 4 people ahead of us. It’s in a basement so you have to go downstairs. At the bottom there was a receptionist who asked if we had a reservation, as we didn’t she wrote down my name and told me to go back upstairs and that happened to everyone waiting behind us! She said she would first place people who had reserved. But only 4 had. So everybody was told to go back upstair! I told her she should be upstair and from there tell people to wait! If you have a certain amount of reservations you just have to count the numbers of tables left and place the first ones online! As we complained because we are seniors and climbing stairs is not so agreeable, one of the attendant said to wait downstair and started to take our temperature. She lied about my friend having fever!!!! I decided to go somewhere else. Went to Girondino where they took our temperature and as expected no one had fever. We were very well served and the food was very good.
Written 30 July 2021
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marcusrjr
Sao Paulo, SP1,595 contributions
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
Montreal, Canada176 contributions
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
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
Austria357 contributions
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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