Convent of St. Anthony (Convento do Santo Antonio)

Convent of St. Anthony (Convento do Santo Antonio), Rio de Janeiro

Convent of St. Anthony (Convento do Santo Antonio)

Convent of St. Anthony (Convento do Santo Antonio)
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Gustavo D
By Gustavo D
Pay attention to details; if you are tired, take the elevator
Sep 2016
The best way to get to it is by subway, down the Carioca Station. Follow the signs and you will come out just in front of the convent , but will have to walk to the left, because the entrance is at the other end, in an area protected by railings. The main points of the visit are the churches of Santo Antonio and Sao Francisco da Penitência. To get there, take the stairs. But, if you are tired, use the lift, which is in a small entrance where products are discharged to the friars: if you see a car parked in front of a square entrance very simple, that is the the place. Once up there, you will notice that the church of Santo Antonio is not as beautiful and preserved as the San Francisco - but it also very much worth admiring , especially the side chapel. The image of Christ Seraphic (with the six wings of a seraph) appearing to São. Francisco, in the main altar of the second church, is often the one that draws the attention of visitors. But don´t simply go there to see and than walk away: pay attention to details in the decoration of the walls (woodwork), the arches in the light of the golden cover, the angels, human figures, the paintings at the ceiling. And then, finally, contemplate the downtown from a different point of view, and try to imagine how was Rio de Janeiro when it ended exactly at that point. Before you go, try to find (or ask one of the attendants where is) the image of Santo Antonio do Relento. It is an image that is exposed on the facade of the convent, with a light illuminating it every night, from the first decade of the eighteenth century - when it was used to encourage the cariocas to defend themselves against an invasion of french pirates. Due to this help, the saint came to win a rank of captain of the king of Portugal, and until the nineteenth century, the image received a stipend,as if a human official, which was used for its preservation and festivities in its honor. The convent provides lockers to store backpacks and bags. Admission costs five reais.

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Neighbourhood: Centro
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
How to get there
  • Carioca • 1 min walk
  • Cinelândia • 6 min walk
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Joanne S
Fort Mill, SC404 contributions
Baroque to the max
Jul 2018 • Friends
Gold leaf and lots of detail everyplace you rest your eyes. Beautiful, overwhelming, historic... and Jesus has wings!
Written 24 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gustavo D
Rio de Janeiro, RJ550 contributions
Pay attention to details; if you are tired, take the elevator
Sep 2016 • Solo
The best way to get to it is by subway, down the Carioca Station. Follow the signs and you will come out just in front of the convent , but will have to walk to the left, because the entrance is at the other end, in an area protected by railings. The main points of the visit are the churches of Santo Antonio and Sao Francisco da Penitência. To get there, take the stairs. But, if you are tired, use the lift, which is in a small entrance where products are discharged to the friars: if you see a car parked in front of a square entrance very simple, that is the the place. Once up there, you will notice that the church of Santo Antonio is not as beautiful and preserved as the San Francisco - but it also very much worth admiring , especially the side chapel.
The image of Christ Seraphic (with the six wings of a seraph) appearing to São. Francisco, in the main altar of the second church, is often the one that draws the attention of visitors. But don´t simply go there to see and than walk away: pay attention to details in the decoration of the walls (woodwork), the arches in the light of the golden cover, the angels, human figures, the paintings at the ceiling. And then, finally, contemplate the downtown from a different point of view, and try to imagine how was Rio de Janeiro when it ended exactly at that point. Before you go, try to find (or ask one of the attendants where is) the image of Santo Antonio do Relento. It is an image that is exposed on the facade of the convent, with a light illuminating it every night, from the first decade of the eighteenth century - when it was used to encourage the cariocas to defend themselves against an invasion of french pirates. Due to this help, the saint came to win a rank of captain of the king of Portugal, and until the nineteenth century, the image received a stipend,as if a human official, which was used for its preservation and festivities in its honor. The convent provides lockers to store backpacks and bags. Admission costs five reais.
Written 9 September 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

1leobrasil
Rio de Janeiro, RJ71 contributions
Take your time there!
Dec 2015 • Solo
Its one of the oldest places in the centre of Rio and there is a lot to see, so take your time so you can see all. Take the elevator at the end of the entrance at the right. In the "tunnel" to the elevator there are pictures from the beginning of the convent until now.
From the middle of nowhere to the centre of this big city now a day's.
Written 12 January 2016
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MicMiy
Taubate, SP148 contributions
Interesting!
Sep 2015
Restored and antique building ... very interesting photos that show progress around! The history of Rio!
Written 10 September 2015
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,741 contributions
Convent on a Hill
Jun 2015 • Solo
When I went across Largo da Carioca with my private tour guide, I saw it on a hill above the square. Just like other landmarks in Rio, its name has been used for the geographical sites around the area. So the hill (morro) where it stands is called ‘Morro de Santo Antônio’ and the lagoon below the hill, which is now Largo da Carioca, was called ‘Lagoa de Santo Antônio’.
Written 9 July 2015
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mvq2014
Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia99 contributions
nice church and a story
Dec 2014 • Friends
very beautiful church in centro... especially loved the background behind this church... when the french invaded with a huge number of boats, the brazilians prayed to St Antony here and suddenly a storm came up and the french army could not be successful... then St Antony was made a soldier of the army and his salary was paid to this convent for many years, with promotions as well a few times... only in the beginning of this century, St Antony was retired from the army... he grants all boons to those who pray sincerely here... we had a serene time praying here and admiring the architecture and paintings
Written 29 December 2014
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Ondrej N
Prague, Czech Republic117 contributions
Necessity of a reconstruction
May 2014 • Friends
This monastery could be a superb historic monument in the middle of the city on the perfect place (on a small hill) but the reality is now very different - the building is from the outside in horrible condition and some parts of a monastery are closed... I hope they will found money for a reconstruction, because this place is full of history and it is very sad to see the actual state. Good to visit during your trip through the city center (it is close to the the most interesting parts of the downtown).
Written 4 June 2014
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annikalibby
Houston, Texas202 contributions
Must See to Believe!
Mar 2013 • Couples
We wandered in to this church as part of a walking tour that had the option of paying R$2 per person to enter and we were so glad we did! The walls are floor to ceiling gold which has a brilliant shine unlike anything I've ever seen anywhere else in the world.

Our guide led us in holding hands while we closed our eyes and then instructed us to open them when we were in the middle of the room so we found ourselves suddenly surrounded by gold.

There were also some religious relics and statues on display in a small side museum, many of which were also made from pure gold and silver. The total visit was only about twenty minutes but the pictures are some of our favorite from Rio. Definitely visit if you get the chance!
Written 5 April 2013
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IndFamTraveler
Houston, TX1,509 contributions
another beautiful church
Apr 2012 • Family
very beautiful church in centro... especially loved the background behind this church... when the french invaded with a huge number of boats, the brazilians prayed to St Antony here and suddenly a storm came up and the french army could not be successful... then St Antony was made a soldier of the army and his salary was paid to this convent for many years, with promotions as well a few times... only in the beginning of this century, St Antony was retired from the army... he grants all boons to those who pray sincerely here... we had a serene time praying here and admiring the architecture and paintings
Written 26 October 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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