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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
07:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 17:00
Sat 07:00 - 11:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

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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Sunday morning Mass with gregorian chants and colonnial architecture

Arrive early; seats at the Sunday mass at 10 am with wonderful gregorian chants are disputed. Be delighted by beautiful colonial architecture.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arrive early; seats at the Sunday mass at 10 am with wonderful gregorian chants are disputed. Be delighted by beautiful colonial architecture.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sao Bento is not visited as should be, it is one of the richest churches in Brazil, the altars are all in baroque style. It is little out of the tourist track... but if you have time and like art, do not miss it...

Thank Mxmale
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site is deceiving from the outside, but once you enter, expect to see a very large amount of gold EVERYWHERE. Very impressive display.

Thank 561stephenz
san diego
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Benedictine monasteries may be plain on the outside, but they can be spectacular and beautiful on the inside. That is certainly the case with the Chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento at the Sao Bento Monastery. Don't miss going inside this chapel.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

Stately exterior which gives no indication of the magnificence of the baroque style interior - gold, gold & more gold covering intricate carvings

Thank Darrel J
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Magnificent beauty. But all the money spent covering every inch in thick gold gags me knowing how poor the people are who donated for it.

Thank Linda F
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Attractive, but not too impressive as you walk up to the entrance. Now step inside. There is gold everywhere! High arched ceiling, alcoves and statuary all gilded and gold. It is truly beautiful and will take your breath away. Worth the walk up the hill. Definitely visit if you are in Rio.

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fort lee , new jersey
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

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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Rio de Janeiro
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

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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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

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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