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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 #14 of 489 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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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is such an ornate and beautiful Church. Buuuttt, it is under construction. It is free to go poke your head in. Worth a quick viewing if you are in the downtown area. Otherwise I would not go out of my way since they are working on it.

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Right in the center of the city of Rio, you'll find the Monastery of St. Benedict (Mosteria Sao Bento), a traditional Catholic sanctuary that's open to the public. See the religious statues and architecture, and feel the spritual atmosphere. Don't be surprised if you feel inspired to kneel down and pray.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Unfortunately while we could see a bit of the beauty underneath, the majority of what we saw was scaffolding. Our guide asked and was told renovations are expected to take around a year to complete. I'm still rating it the highest because it is beautiful and I would love to see it and can see from the other pictures posted... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Came here upon recommendation but lot of renovation taking place. Would be good to see after works complete not sure how long it will take.

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Porto Alegre - Brazil
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It's a beautiful place! Lots of wood carvings, deep red velvet, gold leaf covering little baroque angels. It is one of the most beautiful churches I've ever been, and has a peaceful feeling that adds up to the experience. It's a must see in Rio de Janeiro.

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herts, UK
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Well worth a look for the beautiful carvings that seem to cover every inch of the walls and ceiling. Helpful attendant made sure I didn't miss a beautiful chapel to the side and also pointed out I could take photos as long as I didn't use flash

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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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71 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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