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Sao Bento Monastery

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Gregorian chants are performed on Sundays at this Benedictine complex, which was completed in 1641 and contains a spectacular church altar.
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Rua Dom Gerardo 40 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20090-030, Brazil
+55(21) 2206-8100
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All reviews gregorian chants bento gold leaf sunday mass baroque style intricate carvings xvi century attend mass gold plated amazing church open to the public worth a visit downtown rio altar barroque benedict gerardo
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My tour group (the wonderful Carioca Tropical all-day tour) stopped here to look at the extremely ornate, gilded interior. It is very very fancy and worth taking a look at, despite the somewhat unassuming exterior.

Thank Katrina93
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church was unbelievable. The architecture the arts the history within the church is an unforgettable experience.

Thank F8127MMrosac
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous, over the top, beautiful! What a waste of money to build, while people are starving and living in shanty town and on the streets.

Thank Myra F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice, baroque art and detail in this church. Very interesting stories about how the church would open its doors to those of other countries but feared the pirates would ransack the church of its gold so there closed the doors and added wrought iron...More

Thank Nathan U
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Unbelievable beautiful monastery right in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. It is a rare place to visit in such a beautiful city.

Thank Michel L
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Gold leaf everywhere you look, with some Roccoco in the front of all the Baroque stuff. Doesn't make me feel closer to Jesus, but it is still quite interesting, maybe beautiful. Best thing was the view to of the port and bay across the little...More

Thank revjcs
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Yes, this one has some really ornate altar and decorations, but then again so do thousands of other churches not just all around the world but even in Rio as well. Nothing out of the ordinary. If you want to see a church that is...More

Thank DincerP
Reviewed 13 July 2018

I visited most of the sites in rio and this little monastery is beautiful, you get surprised how individual all these monasteries and churches are, they are very personal indeed.

Thank Mikael K
Reviewed 21 June 2018

I'm not sure of the theological argument that it was OK to use slaves to gold-plate this sanctuary, but it looks spectacular. And the angels made me laugh out loud - loved them - due to their corpulent sexuality and macho hairdos. Definitely worth a...More

1  Thank Susan M
Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

A quiet refuge on a Saturday afternoon, we were pressed with the interior decoration, with emphasis on gold leaf! This monastery church is up a hill very close to downtown Rio. Certainly worth a visit!

Thank Mary T
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the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that
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