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Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church

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Address: Largo da Carioca 5 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20050-020, Brazil
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(21) 2262-0197

Tue-Fri 9am-4pm

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This hidden gem is quite impressive, you won't be able to focus on anything because it's all so golden and overloaded, it's crazy beautiful! They charge a small fee to enter and... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Maracaibo, Venezuela
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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This hidden gem is quite impressive, you won't be able to focus on anything because it's all so golden and overloaded, it's crazy beautiful! They charge a small fee to enter and it's usually empty, a wonderful place to visit if you are downtown!

Thank evyboo
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

I've got jaw dropped once I arrived in this chapel... it's plenty covered of Golden leaves and pieces, many of them sculpted by Aleijadinho's master, Francisco Xavier de Brito. You will find in the Franciscan Convent of Santo Antônio: three chapels, one of them is the "Golden one", a room with objects from the XVI - XVIII centures, a dungeon... More 

Thank Tiago F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

I was astonished when I came upon this church. Never would I have imagined such a beautiful church in Rio. It's downtown in the Centro area which most tourist to Rio never go to, staying mostly in Copacabana and or Ipanema. If in Rio, I highly recomend going to Centro (downtown) at least once during your stay, and this church... More 

Thank Daniel B
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

The church is beautiful, if you like baroque, so of course it is dark and heavy. The church, although it looks like it is actual gold, it is wood carved gold painted. With all of the wood in the area they used that rather than the valuable gold (very different from the Spanish churches). There are altars that were for... More 

Thank Regina F
Iron Mountain, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I know that's a weird title but it's true. The chapel/church is stunning with all the gold. Literally everything but the pews and floors are gilded in gold. Quite a sight to see. However, it's depressing when you think about all the money spent to gild the church when that money could have feed the hungry and poor. It costs... More 

Thank MKC0619
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Be aware closed on Monday. ( at least in June) spectacular Wooden gilded interior worth the visit . There is a small museum that is within the complex less interesting.

Thank laloux
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2016

On the heart of the downtown area , on the Largo da Carioca, there are the only remanents of the Santo Antonio Hill ... Upside of this remanents, you can visit the Santo Antonio convent - which is for free and still being restorated . Inside of the complex of the convent, at right , there is the Museum of... More 

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Reviewed 11 May 2016

This church is right next to Santo Antonio monastery (same complex) in Centro. You pay 5 reals to enter the church. The gilding is magnificent and something I've never seen before. Definitely worth spending 20-30 minutes admiring the beautiful work.

Thank Jasmine D
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We visited during the Easter week and the church was packed with people. The atmosphere is amazingly powerful. The entrance to the church is a bit hidden as they are doing some refurbishment work. Striking contrast between the modern buildings around and the humble church

Thank Pina M
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 25 March 2016

The church is lovely but I have seen more breathtaking ones. Kids liked it nevertheless. We did after our Rio Yellow Free Walking Tour so it was a quick stop over visit.

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