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Sao Bento Monastery

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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
+55(21) 2206-8100
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All reviews gregorian chants bento gold leaf sunday mass baroque style xvi century open to the public worth a visit downtown rio ornate altar barroque benedict gerardo chuch sanctuary splendor
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here as part of a tour and as it does not look much outside, but inside was beautiful with gold leaf everywhere you look. Nice views around this church and so glad to of seen even though i am not really a religious person.

Thank Eddie R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It doensr look like much from the outside but wait until you go inside. It is amazing. It is worth the trip to see the interior.

Thank kcschueler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is well worth the visit. The monastery had few visitors when we were there but is a beautiful space. Not totally obvious to find: you gain access via a lift in a modern building... ask if unsure.

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 7 October 2018

My tour group (the wonderful Carioca Tropical all-day tour) stopped here to look at the extremely ornate, gilded interior. It is very very fancy and worth taking a look at, despite the somewhat unassuming exterior.

Thank Katrina93
Reviewed 2 October 2018

The church was unbelievable. The architecture the arts the history within the church is an unforgettable experience.

Thank F8127MMrosac
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous, over the top, beautiful! What a waste of money to build, while people are starving and living in shanty town and on the streets.

Thank Myra F
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Very nice, baroque art and detail in this church. Very interesting stories about how the church would open its doors to those of other countries but feared the pirates would ransack the church of its gold so there closed the doors and added wrought iron...More

Thank Nathan U
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Unbelievable beautiful monastery right in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. It is a rare place to visit in such a beautiful city.

Thank Michel L
Reviewed 24 July 2018

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

Thank revjcs
Reviewed 17 July 2018

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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