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Sao Bento Monastery

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Address: Rua Dom Gerardo 40 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20090-030, Brazil
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+55(21) 2206-8100
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 17:00
Sat 07:00 - 11:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Gregorian chants are performed on Sundays at this Benedictine complex,...

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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Go see a unique church.........

On a hill but with recent elevator access, go see this because it is entirely gold leaf inside. It is not very big in size, but makes up for it with the gold leaf covering almost... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a hill but with recent elevator access, go see this because it is entirely gold leaf inside. It is not very big in size, but makes up for it with the gold leaf covering almost all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the richest churches in Brazil which is part of an old monastery where several benedictine monks live and work. They also run a school which is said to be one of the best of the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a visit. Very impressive church interior and everything in it is covered in gold leaf. Our guide took us up to the church level mysteriously via a modern elevator in a modern building, which I think was a school.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A hidden secret so to say. Amazing baroque work and lots of gold. For the brave, mass early on Sunday with Gregorian chants. You do feel close to God somehow!

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Estero, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very old rococo church in downtown Rio Absolutely spectacular. Check times before going there to make sure it's open. A real jewel.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This monastery is very old and our guide explained its history through the use of drawings on the wall and its position relative to Rio as it grew into a city. Very peaceful as well as beautiful - we did not have sufficient time there but it is well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The convent was founded on 1590 by Benedict monks that came from Bahia . The order of Saint Benedict received from the Portuguese Crown the possession all over the Hill , and as matter of fact, the order baptized the hill as Saint Benedict ( as matter of fact the old downtown of RIo de Janeiro grew up on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and were lucky to arrive in time to attend the solemn Mass, with Gregorian chant. The church is gorgeous. It seems that we got back in time, when we can pray in peace, the space filled with music and incense. The ideal place to talk to God.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

The monastery is one of the oldest and richest churches in Rio. The access can be made by foot, uphill or you can take the elevator at the end of the street. Either way is a must.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

The church is in excellent condition tough there is absolutely no information neither guidance to visitors. The surroundings are quiet and safe for a walk towards the "Museum of Tomorrow".

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