Thursday, January 25, 2007


Views to São Paulo’s skyscrapers. Those photos were taken by Carlos Mascaro from the top of the Itália Building. I want to say that all the photos taken by my husband are the plus of this blog.

Edifício Itália, Avenida Ipiranga. Height, 165 m 541 ft, Floors, 46. Construction end 1965. Architect: Franz Heep
Amazing facts:
1) On the 45th floor is the Terraço Itália restaurant with sweeping views of the city.
2) Built to honor the thousands of Italian immigrants to São Paulo.
3) Upon completion, Edifício Itália became the 2nd tallest building in São Paulo.
4) The facade has 6,000 square meters of glass distributed in 4,000 windows.
(Information from Emporis Buildings)

Copan Building, Avenida Ipiranga. Height, 140 m 459 ft, Floors, 40. Construction end 1953. Architect: Oscar Niemeyer.
"Amazing facts:
1) The building name was inspired by a Mayan Temple in Honduras.
2) The building is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest structure built in Brazil.
3) The condominium has 107 employees to serve and maintain the building.
4) Due to the large number of residents, the city hall gave the building its own ZIP code.
5) According to IBGE, a major research institute in Brazil, the building has a larger population than 547 cities in the country.
6) The Guinness Book of World Records also claims this building has the largest floor area of any residential structure in the world."
(Information from Emporis Buildings)

Hilton Hotel, Avenida Ipiranga. Height, 130 m 427 ft . Floors, 36. Construction end 1968.

The building you see with a flag atop the structure is Altino Arantes Building , (known as Edifício Banespa), Rua João Brícola. "The flag is 7.2 meters long by 5.4 meters wide. It is the ensign of the State of São Paulo and is replaced every month. Height, 161 m 528 ft, with 36 Floors. Construction end in 1947. Architect: Franz Heep and Plínio Botelho do Amaral."
"Amazing facts:
1) The building's form was inspired by the Empire State Building.
2) The building has 1119 windows and its staircase has 900 steps.
3) In 1947 this building surpassed
Prédio Martinelli as the tallest building in São Paulo.
4) Although the building is not the tallest in the city, it is located on the highest point in the downtown. This makes the observation deck one of the best spots in town for sightseeing.
5) The building facade is covered by porcelain pieces; inside the building some floors are decorated with Carrara marble and Ipê and Jacarandá parquet blocks.
6) The observation deck is open to public visitation. Every month about 5600 people visit the observation deck.
7) Tallest building from 1947 to 1960, until
Mirante do Vale was completed.
8) When completed, the building was the tallest high-rise building in the world outside the United States."
(Information from Emporis Buildings)

Photos by Carlos Mascaro

All information about those buildings comes from this great site: Emporis Buildings

UPDATE: The city of São Paulo, in accordance with City Mayors Statistics, “is the world’s second-largest city, has a population of just over 10 million people. If the whole metropolitan area is included, the figure reaches over 15 million. São Paulo is now Brazil's biggest city. São Paulo, the largest city of Brazil and of South America, is an ultramodern metropolis with skyscrapers, palatial homes, and spacious parks and recreational facilities. The state of São Paulo has 645 municipalities and a population of approximately 40 million inhabitants. With the country's best infrastructure and a highly skilled labor force, São Paulo can be called "Brazil's locomotive". São Paulo is also the financial and industrial center of Brazil. Because of its economic and demographic weight, São Paulo has always played a pivotal role in Brazilian politics."

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  1. Olá Sonia,

    que magnifico blog. Cheguei aqui através do blog da Gattina e já posso dar-me hoje por satisfeito. Descobri dois blogs interessantissimos... E, se bem que São Paulo não seja uma das minhas cidades brasileiras preferidas, as fotos quase que me fazem mudar de ideias...
    Pena que as que coloquei num post no meu Blogtrotter não façam justiça à cidade! Ficará para a próxima...

  2. Sonia, these are such good photos. What is the population of Sao Paulo?

  3. Sônia, valeu a pena esperar!Espetaculares vistas de São Paulo. O Carlos esta de parabéns e seu texto, uma visita turistica de primeira!Parabéns aos três, São Paulo, ao Carlos e a você.

  4. What an incredibly large city! I forget sometimes that New York is not the only big city in the world with huge skyscrapers! Thank you so much for the tour....I loved the photos!

  5. We have no skyscrapers in our town! Of course there are many in San Francisco and that is only 30 miles or so..
    Your pictures are really helpful for me to visualize your city!

  6. Sonia, lindas fotos, você anda me deixando com vontade de visitar São Paulo e fazer um tour cultural com as crianças. Bjs!

  7. I always love to come and visit you
    Much love and many blessings.
    Love Jeanne ^j^

  8. Judy, about the population of São Paulo, in accordance with City Mayors Statistics, "the city of Sao Paulo, that is the world’s second-largest city, has a population of just over 10 million people. If the whole metropolitan area is included, the figure reaches over 15 million. São Paulo is now Brazil's biggest city - and one of the world's biggest."
    Thanks for the visit!

  9. More lovely buildings this time skyscrapers oh im getting dizzy just looking from such a height.

  10. Hi Sonia,
    It's me again just to show you that your comments will now have a name and face again. Don't worry, it will be fine!

  11. Sonia, estou vendo que alguns comentários estão anonimos, inclusive o meu... e agora, espero que volte ao normal... Bjs!

  12. É verdade que os comentários viraram anónimos, incluindo o meu sobre as suas magnificas fotos de São Paulo e a diferença que fazem em relação às minhas no Blogtrotter. Deve ter sido da passagem para o novo Blogger...

  13. Sonia, thanks for the info. I could tell it was big, but I never imagined it was THAT big!

  14. Wow - cool buildings there!

    Thanks for visiting my blog Sonia and for the kind comments...

  15. Wonderful post, Sonia....I love all these pictures because you really get a sense of the denseness of all those buildings---as far as the eye can see...It is so interesting because there is nothing that one can see in these pictures to break up the density, as there is in Manhatten, with Central Park and the East River and The Hudson....
    That Apartment House building---AMAZING! I love the beautiful shape of it. I still cannot get over how many people live there---the city within the city...Simply Amazing! As always, a fascinating and informative post, dear Sonia.

  16. Hola, I am glad you visited my blog because I am having a great time with yours, It is full of information, I understand Portuguese a little of the brazileiro Portuguese, my grandparents are Portuguese but I grew in Mexico and live in the US, I am going now to read the rest of your blog, please let's stay in touch!!! Hablas Espanol??

  17. WOW, WOW, WOW! First, the photos are amazing! Next, the buildings are fantastic. Finally, I've never seen a city with so many! What an AWESOME post Sonia!

  18. One word Sonia. Wow! Your husband does great photography and he has plenty to capture with that big city! Just amazing!!

  19. Sonia,

    Compliments to your husband for the beautiful pictures! And to your foreign visitors, let me add that São Paulo is the largest unknown city in the world. Although it is the heart of the Brazilian economy, not many people are aware of its size and its vibrant life. Not to mention about 75,000 restaurants, diners and bars where one can taste some of the best food in the world!

  20. I always learn something new when I visit your blog Sonia. Sao Paulo is such a huge city. I didn't know this! Your husband has taken such wonderful pictures. Thanks for showing us your city and happy birthday to Sao Paulo!

  21. WOW! Reminds me of New York City, except larger. The buildings are really close together. Beautiful pictures!!!!

  22. You have educated me, Sonia! Overwhelmed me! Reminded me I am afraid of heights! So very interesting. Thankyou.

  23. Sonia,

    This is maybe the second visit I make to your blog. I'm Geraldo's son, and I believe you've visited my son's blog a few times. I loved the photo of the Sao Paulo Hilton, which I believe unfortunately has closed it's doors. My wedding reception was at the ballroon almost on the top floor, where those round windows are, and I proposed to my wife at the top of Edificio Italia. Both occasions, as you can imagine, were quite unforgettable. Thanks for the great photos and the great opportunity to see these places once again.


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