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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 488 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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Rapid City, South Dakota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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