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Sao Bento Monastery

Rua Dom Gerardo 40, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20090-030, Brazil (Centro)
+55(21) 2206-8100
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Ranked #12 of 480 attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is definitely one of the more beautiful churches I have seen. Intricate wooden artistry painted golden. And what's more, not too many tourists around so very peaceful.

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Monterrey, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Rio has many beautiful churches... and there´s also the Cathedral. The church of this monastery stands out above all others. The baroque interiors, completely covered with gold leaf astonish the visitor who lowers his expectations with the sober facade. I´ts a pitty the cloister opens to the public only twice a year. A massive restauration is taking place during 2014,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Über, gorgeous, highly detailed, chiselled masterpiece. Unfortunately it's under heavy renovation and you can barely make 10 steps in. Once this place completes its renovation this will be a hugely interesting destination for all.

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Doha
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The church has a lot of details on the inside and very impressive, when we visited they had some maintenance works going on so there were a lot of scaffolding and also there was a service taking place, so we couldn't take pics as we would, but it is obviously an interesting place to see

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It looked as if it is a beautiful monastery but unfortunately it was under renovation. However, the gift shop with tons of catholic gifts is highly recommended especially if you are looking to buy gifts for your friends back home.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Somewhat of a hike to the top if you don't get there by car but worth it. We attended a Sunday mass at 10am, the church wasn't packed but all seats were taken by the time the mass started. The Gregorian Chanting was as beautiful as the intricate carvings on the ceiling and walls. Pictures can't do any justice and... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

very interesting inside. Under renovation at the moment so probably best to give it a miss for awhile. lots and lots of scaffolding inside so you can only stand at front and look in

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Rio de Janeiro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Not just for recreation,experience the touch of God,and soak up some heavenly peace in this city centre oasis.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Went to mass which to a greater extent was sung by the monks, beautiful!, the church ceiling is undergoing some renovations and there is conciderable scaffolding in the church. Once the renovations are completed it will be spectacular from the little already completed.

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newzealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A truely magnificent structure, beautifully carved out church. magnificnet retreat fromt eh bustle noise and hassle of the big city. A workign monastery with a peaceful calming effect on the weary traveller.

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