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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
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"gregorian chants"
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"bento"
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"gold leaf"
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"sunday mass"
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"baroque style"
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"benedictine monks"
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"intricate carvings"
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"xvi century"
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"attend mass"
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"gold plated"
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"amazing church"
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"open to the public"
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"worth a visit"
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"downtown rio"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gold leaf everywhere you look, with some Roccoco in the front of all the Baroque stuff. Doesn't make me feel closer to Jesus, but it is still quite interesting, maybe beautiful. Best thing was the view to of the port and bay across the little...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, this one has some really ornate altar and decorations, but then again so do thousands of other churches not just all around the world but even in Rio as well. Nothing out of the ordinary. If you want to see a church that is...More

Thank DincerP
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited most of the sites in rio and this little monastery is beautiful, you get surprised how individual all these monasteries and churches are, they are very personal indeed.

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Reviewed 21 June 2018

I'm not sure of the theological argument that it was OK to use slaves to gold-plate this sanctuary, but it looks spectacular. And the angels made me laugh out loud - loved them - due to their corpulent sexuality and macho hairdos. Definitely worth a...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

A quiet refuge on a Saturday afternoon, we were pressed with the interior decoration, with emphasis on gold leaf! This monastery church is up a hill very close to downtown Rio. Certainly worth a visit!

Thank Mary T
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

This place was stunning. We were not expecting to stop here on our private tour of Rio, but I am so grateful that we did. The details were incredible, and it's one of the most beautiful churches that I've ever seen in my whole life!...More

1  Thank elysec2018
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

We visited the Sao Bento monastery when in Rio. The Monastery is very small but very nice to visit. Our guide was able to explain the history of the Monastery was it was a worth a visit. There is no entrance fee to visit this...More

Thank Janani C
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The best way to view sap bento monastery is to arrange to attend mass on Sunday so you can witness choir singing Gregorian chants. It is located on top of a hill in downtown Rio, not easy or convenient for the elderly. My wife and...More

1  Thank John S
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

The monastery is easy to get to and the church is very decorative in side. We went to listen to the Gregorian chants at the evening service - Vespers. There were about 20 monks who sang or chanted most of the service.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Went here today it’s a very nice place all gold leaf inside so well maintained and cared for it is astonishing inside you must visit just for the craftsmanship

Thank reeceyb
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