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Sao Bento Monastery

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Address: Rua Dom Gerardo 40, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20090-030, Brazil
Phone Number: +55(21) 2206-8100
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Description: 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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Cool place if you like Baroque style

It was under construction when we got there, and they were tuning the Organ, which was really cool to hear the sound in the monastery. Lots of gold inside!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It was under construction when we got there, and they were tuning the Organ, which was really cool to hear the sound in the monastery. Lots of gold inside!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

After so many 5 star reviews, I must have expected more. I had also been told about the recent restoration and thought it would look newer or cleaner. It is a very fascinating church with beautiful statues, altar and alcoves but, in my opinion, it was just like many other churches of the same age. Quite difficult to find, as... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The church has so much baroque it hurt my eyes, it surely deserves a visit if you are in the Center of Rio. Bad thing about it, it's very hard to understand how to reach it. You see it on the map, and it's there, and there's no way I would have found it if I hadn't asked directions (and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

If you don't have time to go to the famous Christ statue (Cristo Redondo), this Monastery will be a great way to see something just as fascinating, unique, historical, and beautiful. The architecture is amazing. It's just a place to quietly enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

this church is amazing the high alter and other alters are made of gold it takes your breath away lovely paintings on the walls and cellings too, it is a active monastery and i attended a service with the monks

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

São Bento Monastery was built in the 17th century and has recently been restored. It is a beautiful example of religious-colonial architecture in Brazil. The monastery is used by the Benedictine school and is open to the public. On Sunday morning masses the monks sing Gregorian chants. Great music in wonderful surroundings.

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This monastery is one of my favourite places to rest and pray, not only because of its beauty but also because of the peace we feel inside mainly duryng gregorian singing mass.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I checked off a visit here on my first full day in the city. First things first: access here was difficult on multiple levels. Located in the northern part of the city center, one can take an elevator to the top or walk up a fairly winding driveway, neither of which are clearly marked. I had planned a 4PM visit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The interior of this church is richly decorated in wood and gold although the place is under renovation at the moment, so probably best to give it a miss for a while. Lots of scaffolding inside the church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is a wonderful site to visit in the city. Especa Ially on Sunday mess, when you will hear the monks choir singing gregorian chants. Wonderful altarpiece. Masterpiece.

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