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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
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All reviews gregorian chants bento gold leaf sunday mass baroque style xvi century open to the public worth a visit downtown rio walking tour ornate altar barroque benedict organ gerardo splendor
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Reviewed yesterday

It seems that this church took more than 250 years to complete from the time it was started. From what I understood, it was originally built in baroque style but finished in rococo period. From the outside, it is nothing great but inside it is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank deepakgupta5
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our guide insisted on going by the end of a long and hot day and I was ready to skip it. But, since it is close to the cruise ship harbour - we were there during a cruise - we went. What an amazing place...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Karin325
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed visiting monastery. It is small, beautiful and good lockated. Something different from usual Rio.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ausmoons
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a rainy day and were glad we did. The interior is wonderful, full of golden sculptures, intricate stonework and lovely windows. Entrance is free and photography without flash is allowed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wilburstravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sao Bento Monastery is a beautiful church with walls covered in gold leaf. It is within walking distance of the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow).

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Krazy5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church mesmerized me because all of the artistry was in gilded wood - not marble like you would find in Europe. I suspect they did not have the same natural materials when this was built shortly after Columbus discovered America. I also suspect that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MaryLeeGannon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like to take my clientes to know São Bento because this monastery has a lot of history and the architecture is incredible!! It's located in downtown and the entrance is free.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cariocatravelers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free of charge place, really beautiful inside. I have been amazed by the interior. It's also very cold inside, so I was so good to chill there a bit during the hot Rio summer.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Elena K
Reviewed 10 December 2018

It was difficult to discover this monastery. The directions are scarce and we had to ask a lot to get there. But we succeeded, and discovered a simple, quiet place that invites meditation and recollection.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Journey395227
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

As part of our tour we had a very insightful tour into this very ornate gilded church built in baroque style but finished in rococo period as I understood. The gilding over the very hard Brazilian timbers is very impressive. Still a working Abbey with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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