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Sao Bento Monastery

Address: Rua Dom Gerardo 40, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20090-030, Brazil (Centro)
Phone Number: +55(21) 2206-8100
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Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour
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Ranked #25 of 566 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Gregorian chants are performed on Sundays at this Benedictine...
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Owner description: 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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Victoria
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A dark and gothic church like nothing I have seen. The wood work was ornate and amazing to see. Looking from the outside gives no indication of what the inside looks like.

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Brasilia, DF
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Probably the best example of colonial/Baroque architecture in Rio de Janeiro, the monastery, situated on top of a hill near Praça Mauá, should not be missed. A oasis of tranquility in busy downtown Rio, the church interior is richly decorated in gold. Mass on Sunday is celebrated with Gregorian chant and organ music.

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London
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Well worth the visit. Beautiful ceremonies. A very ancient church filled with wonderful decoration. We went twice. At the moment it is being repaired and scaffolding obstructs the rear part of the church.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The mosteiro is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Rio de Janeiro. Built in pure brazilian barroco stile, full of small engraved angels. Although the building is white on the outside, it is very dark inside and the walls very thick as was also used to protect the population in case of attack. Downside? The walk uphill.

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Canberra
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The church is undergoing extensive modifications and the apse is full of scaffolding to the ceiling. We went to the 10am mass on Sunday expecting a High mass with Gregorian chant. There was only one cantor for most of the time without a microphone. The organist played single melody. It was totally unlike the monasteries in Europe where a large... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Beautiful church under restoration but from what is visible this is a very nice monastry. The surrounding was serene and command a sense of authenticity. Looking forward to the completion of restoration.

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Jamaica
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

As we waited to take the first tour at 11.00 a.m. of the Teatro Municipal, we walked through the original main square of Rio and took the 5 person elevator up to this still active monastery. Very interesting sequence of paintings/photos throughout the years as the city developed around this lovely baroque building. A mass was in progress and there... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Its currently being restored, but you can still walk around inside and get an idea of how stunning it once was and we will be again when they're done. Still worth a visit. We took a subway to town and walked there.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

YOu can tell that is a beautiful Church, unfortunately when we visited the Church was being remodeled, I hope it does not take too long, otherwise you will miss a lot in your visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Just amazing. It's a MUST. The monastery is beautiful, just like the chapel. Yo can participate of mass with gregorian chants!

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