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Nossa Senhora da Penha Convent

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Address: Rua Vasco Coutinho | Parque da Prainha, Vila Velha, State of Espirito Santo 29100-231, Brazil
Phone Number: 27-3329-0420
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Both a great tourist stop as well as a spiritual experience.

Many people will take the long drive to the top just for the outstanding views of the beautiful port city of Vitoria. But for many others, it is an outstanding spiritual... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2016
Delray Beach, Florida
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Worth the climb more than 200 steps. but be sure to go with a local guide. The location is far from the traditional attractions of Rio de Janeiro.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Many people will take the long drive to the top just for the outstanding views of the beautiful port city of Vitoria. But for many others, it is an outstanding spiritual experience, for it is an active Catholic Church and shrine. I believe that the best experience is not just to go and take pictures, but to stop for a... More 

Thank RobertJF57
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

If you are in the area, - You must visit this place. Even as a non-religious person, I found it fascinating, its from the 1500's originally, and the views are amazing. Its so full of history!

Thank Bruce M
Macae, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

A Nice place to know a little bit more about brazilian history. The view from Vila Velha and Vitória is wonderful. Pros: Nice view Cons: The parking lot is small and on the weekends it's crowded.

Thank Andrezapr0c0pi0
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

A highlight for a short visit. The views are incredible and the attraction itself is beautifully maintained. The inside of the monastery has many paintings and the chapel is small but imposing. A small snack restaurant and two lovely gift shops makes for a great outing.

Thank Mariska H
Vila Velha, ES
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a very historical place built in the mid 1500s. The view here is more than super. You can see from vila velha to victoria. You can also attend mass daily.

Thank callj28
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

It is a very sacred place! It really worth a visit! Not only its history is amazing but also it is an awesome cities view - Vila Velha and Vitoria. This visit is highly recommended!

Thank GilmB
Hoorn, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

Nice to visit but the convento is not very impressive. It is however nice to visit for the excellent view om Vila and Vitoria. For that it is recommended.

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Vitoria, ES
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

It is a must go for visitors to Vitoria and Vila Velha, from there you have the best view of both cities and the place itself has a very nice history, starting in the 16th century

Thank Ivo B
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Beautiful old convent on the top of a rock, at the top of a hill. If you cross the bridge from Vittoria to Vila Vehla at night it is the only place lit so far up. It's impressive in its structure and gives a 360 view for miles around. Well worth the trip up - by bus or taxi, and... More 

Thank Pauline D

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