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Sao Bento Monastery

Rua Dom Gerardo 40 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20090-030, Brazil
+55(21) 2206-8100
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Monastery has areas open to the public, including the primary worship area with its side altars. Of special interest is that there is a worship service every Sunday at 10:00 in which the monks sing Gregorian-style chants as part of a formal mass. I...More

Thank durrinhome
Reviewed 1 week ago

In downtown heart the monastery is almost a cidadele, the church in a barroc style creates a special scenario for the mass by the monks. You shall watch on Sundays at 10AM.

Thank Sergio A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful monastery is located on a hill in the city center of the town. His privileged location ensure an amazing view of ganabara’s bay. Definitely a masterpiece of the Brazil old times, very well preserved.

Thank Leonardo D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set on a hill at the top end of Rio centro (you can get a lift up to the monastery level). Free entry and the church is amazing - decorated in gold throughout. Low light but still impressive. Good statues and altars but the overall...More

Thank O2311DJdaves
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wactually visited twice, as we were told that the music at the Sunday Mass was very beautiful, so we went early as there is usually a crowd. Unforunately the singing was very poor, whether because some singers were away, or not, we could not...More

Thank churcham800
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Internally, the chapel is full of gold and images. The gold and red colors do impact when we first enter. During our visit, we got the chance to hear a guide that was explaining interesting facts about the church to a family, what added good...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017

When in centro this is worth a stop. Its up a hill so get your walking shoes on! The inside is decorated beautifully with gold etc on the alter. A highlight of Centro.

Thank mikeazzo
Reviewed 3 August 2017

This beautiful Monastery is dedicated to Saint Benedict. The baroque church is richly decorated and can be considered one of the most beautiful of Rio. There is so much gold that it hurts the eyes... Unfortunately the Monastery itself cannot be visited.

Thank Jan V
Reviewed 30 July 2017

The church itself is really beautiful, with a baroque style interior. But the visit is memorable if you make it during mass, when you can hear the Gregorian Chants from the priests. Though it would be more beautiful with more voices, the effect is really...More

Thank Virgilio A
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful colonial church, recommended in particular to those who can't get to Minais Gerais to see other examples of baroque churches. There is an excellent view of the Museu do Amanha from the top of the hill.

Thank Susana61
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