Mosteiro De São Bento
Mosteiro De São Bento
4.5
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
About
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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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
  • Uruguai • 10 min walk
  • Uruguaiana • 10 min walk
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,609 reviews
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Very good
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Steve D
Divonne-les-Bains, France819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What a contrast between outside which is very plain and ordinary and the inside which is just breathtaking with its detail and so ornate.

One of the most impressive I have seen and such a shock when you enter.

I am very glad our guide took us there.
Written 28 February 2024
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Tom M
London, UK275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you like being blown away by church interiors do no miss Sao Bento Monastery. We trekked to find the entrance drive closed. But do not be put off, turn left and walk along the side until you see the other entrance with huge open manned gates. We were beckoned in and walked up the steep driveway. The outside is nothing special, but then inside POW ! Incidentally we were staying down by Cocabanoa Beach and used the Metro to transverse the city. 6.9 Real return ticket. Put ticket in slot. Machine eats the ticket but then allows you entrance to the platforms.
Written 5 February 2024
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L S
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I would like to thank the kind gentleman today who was manning the office box adjacent to the church for kindly ordering me a e-hailing transport back to my hotel through his app. My app was not working well and it was so frustrating. It is the Christian kindness exemplified by him that stands out to a visitor despite our language barrier, a credit to the institution he is working for. God bless you.
Written 19 March 2023
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IpanemaGuys
Rio de Janeiro, RJ136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
If your visit requires a historic church this is possibly the best one in town. Covered with gold that reminds you of the wealth that was Brasil it's stunning
Written 3 May 2022
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Randolph0918
North Carolina75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
What a gorgeous monestary . This is certainly worth your time in Rio .The gold in this monastery is absolutely breathtaking ! Please make time to visit this working monastery when you are in Rio.
Written 27 March 2020
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Tupelo010835
Denton, TX1,938 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This perfect little jewel was one of the stops on our all day tour. It was magnificent. We were fortunate enough to be there as they were having a service. It was really neat to be able to participate, even if only as delighted visitors.
Written 16 March 2020
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Stephen & Sue
Canberra, Australia2,640 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Whatever your views on religion, it's impossible to defend the Sao Bento Monastery. There is nothing remotely artistically worthy of any of the objects on display here, instead all you get is a building covered in gold, in an ugly, ostentatious display that sends a terrible signal about the role of the church in Brazil.
The neighbourhood is also quite boring, with little else to see and do here, although if you walk to the left, and through a narrow arch, you do come to a school, and near there, views over the bay.
Avoid.
Written 15 March 2020
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Zeituni
Jerusalem, Israel1,646 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a typical Portugal church. Beautiful...but I felt luck of air. Too many sculptures, too much gold, not enough light
Written 27 February 2020
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Paula Duprat
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Another jewel near to the port area. Incredibly beautiful, located in a very quiet and special place.
Written 4 February 2020
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Jairo Freire
Rio de Janeiro, RJ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I was impressed by the beautiful baroque decoration inside. With the cleaning being done the gold leaves are lush.
Written 30 January 2020
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