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Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church

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Address: Largo da Carioca, 5 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The luxuriance of the Third Order of San Francisco of Penitence

I've got jaw dropped once I arrived in this chapel... it's plenty covered of Golden leaves and pieces, many of them sculpted by Aleijadinho's master, Francisco Xavier de Brito... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 November 2016
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Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
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Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I've got jaw dropped once I arrived in this chapel... it's plenty covered of Golden leaves and pieces, many of them sculpted by Aleijadinho's master, Francisco Xavier de Brito. You will find in the Franciscan Convent of Santo Antônio: three chapels, one of them is the "Golden one", a room with objects from the XVI - XVIII centures, a dungeon... More 

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NEW YORK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

I was astonished when I came upon this church. Never would I have imagined such a beautiful church in Rio. It's downtown in the Centro area which most tourist to Rio never go to, staying mostly in Copacabana and or Ipanema. If in Rio, I highly recomend going to Centro (downtown) at least once during your stay, and this church... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

The church is beautiful, if you like baroque, so of course it is dark and heavy. The church, although it looks like it is actual gold, it is wood carved gold painted. With all of the wood in the area they used that rather than the valuable gold (very different from the Spanish churches). There are altars that were for... More 

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Iron Mountain, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I know that's a weird title but it's true. The chapel/church is stunning with all the gold. Literally everything but the pews and floors are gilded in gold. Quite a sight to see. However, it's depressing when you think about all the money spent to gild the church when that money could have feed the hungry and poor. It costs... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Be aware closed on Monday. ( at least in June) spectacular Wooden gilded interior worth the visit . There is a small museum that is within the complex less interesting.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

On the heart of the downtown area , on the Largo da Carioca, there are the only remanents of the Santo Antonio Hill ... Upside of this remanents, you can visit the Santo Antonio convent - which is for free and still being restorated . Inside of the complex of the convent, at right , there is the Museum of... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

This church is right next to Santo Antonio monastery (same complex) in Centro. You pay 5 reals to enter the church. The gilding is magnificent and something I've never seen before. Definitely worth spending 20-30 minutes admiring the beautiful work.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We visited during the Easter week and the church was packed with people. The atmosphere is amazingly powerful. The entrance to the church is a bit hidden as they are doing some refurbishment work. Striking contrast between the modern buildings around and the humble church

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

The church is lovely but I have seen more breathtaking ones. Kids liked it nevertheless. We did after our Rio Yellow Free Walking Tour so it was a quick stop over visit.

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Mugla, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

The gilding in the church is astounding and is the main draw for the tourist and the faithful alike. The monatery at the side has a pleasant tea garden.

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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.
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