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Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria

Praca Pio X, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Centro)
021 2233-2324
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Ranked #56 of 469 attractions in Rio de Janeiro
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Type: Religious Sites
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This church was built by a Portuguese, who survived a seastorm on his way to Brazil. The original artwork and the dome in alabaster are superb. The stone was brought in a ship all the way from Portugal and weighs tons. Its translucent beauty invades the church lights up the church from the inside. It is surrounded by important Cultural... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

I am not a religious person, so I didn't have any spiritual feelings in there. But the history in this place is seen in every corner and the church is a beauty for the eyes.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We were lucky to arrive just as a mass was finishing which meant we got to listen to the wonderful sound of the organ playing. Behind the alter a simple but intricate stained glass window served as a great back drop to the alter. The pews were like armchairs - individual and backed with leather - well worn over the... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

we took the metro from the orange line's 1st station Gen Osario which is in copacabana and got out through the candelaria exit for a day in centro to visit all the beautiful churches... this church was right opposite the metro exit and was so lovely... great carvings, silver chandeliers, lovely stained glass ... quite worth the visit

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Candelaria is a beautiful neoclassic church in the middle of downtown. Take a look of its dome concluded in the XIX century.

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Rio de Janeiro
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

This is worth a visit if you're really religious and temperatures are below 30 celsius. It is located right in the middle of downtown Rio, a working area, so it is pretty much a nightmare to visit. But very close to CCBB (centro cultural Banco do Brasil) and some nice little streets nearby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

The church near Prez Vargas and Rio Branco, is a beautiful historic landmark. A lot of carving has gone into the massive church doors. Inside the old-style church there are some beautifully carved and sculpted pieces. The staircase on both sides in dark brown - probably jacaranda-wood (bec it resembles the Confeitaria Colombo woodwork) is beautiful. Lovely stained glass windows... More

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Rio de Janeiro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

This church is over 250 hundred years old and so big, that is usually chosen by celebrities for theis weddings. Beautiful inside, right at the end of the wide Presidente Vargas Ave. Must visit!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

This church is much more than that sad history of the murdered street children, it is a huge and very beautiful building, quite interesting inside too. Due to the great acoustic, try to watch a concert there (usually free on weekdays afternoons).

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

Beautiful architecture, a must see for anyone into art, churches and architecture.

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