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Sao Bento Monastery

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Address: Rua Dom Gerardo, 40 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20090-030, Brazil
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+55(21) 2206-8100
07:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 17:00
Sat 07:00 - 11:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

Gregorian chants are performed on Sundays at this Benedictine complex,...

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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Beautiful interior!

Outside, it looks simple but inside is ornate and lovely! The carved walls and ceilings, the altar, the tile floors are all magnificent. This is worth visiting if you like... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 November 2016
Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Outside, it looks simple but inside is ornate and lovely! The carved walls and ceilings, the altar, the tile floors are all magnificent. This is worth visiting if you like architecture and design.

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Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

The chapel if covered of paintings and golden leaves, in demonstration of the pungency of the barons and overlords of that time. It's worthy to take some pictures. The visit is free. There is also a gazebo in which you may see the Museu do Amanhã, and part of the Guanabara bay and the Museu da Marinha. Enjoy!!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Be religous or not, once in Rio you should go there. Don´t miss the masses with gregorian chants on the weekends.

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Visiting "Mosteiro de São Bento, the old Benedictine Abbey in Rio de Janeiro, is always an impacting experience. This is one of the oldest churches in Brazil (dating as far back as 1590) and "a place of silence, peace, praying and working"! It has has been recently restored to its full splendor - the baroque and rococo styles abbey's interior... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This spot is a tourist location but mostly for Brazilians. It is a spot I recommend if you have extra time. Not one of the top 5 locations to see but good for an unusual half day attraction to Rio.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

visited this quaint Monastery on a walking tour. Very ornate inside . Still a working monastery. There was no cost involved to visit this Monastery

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Hamilton, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The monastery was an extra stop. It is beautiful and an opportunity for prayers. You have to read up on the historical info.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Church is actually called Abadia de Nossa Senhora do Monserrate and the Sao Bento Monastery is behind it. The Church looks very plain from the outside but it's like what they say about not judging a book by its cover :-) Once you step inside you are blown away by the beautiful intricate work and gold gilded art.Every inch... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The church is impressive. It is all covered in gold leaf with a breathtaking baroque architecture. If you visit only one church in Brazil, let this the one. However, there are more spectacular ones in Salvador, Baia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I always try to attend mass here whenever I'm in Rio. The Gregorian Chant is quite beautiful and the mass very solemn. The local people seem to be welcoming and devoted to the faith.

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