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Sao Francisco de Paula Church

Praca Euvaldo Lodi | Largo de São Francisco de Paula, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22640-010, Brazil
+55 21 2269-0070
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beautiful architecture

beautiful architecture. nice environment but it's not safe to be walking alone around it mainly if... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2016
renatabraga25
Very impressive interior

Very impressive interior recommend to see. There is small museum inside, free entry .In the church... read more

Reviewed January 16, 2016
Zorica Z
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This church in the Largo de São Francisco was the site of many imperial events, including the 1822 mass dedicated to the country's conversion from colony to kingdom and the mass celebrating Brazil's adoption of its first constitution in 1831. Pope Pius X dedicated one of its chapels to the defeat of the Turks by Christian forces in the 16th century. Along with its colonial exterior and ornate interior, visitors should note sculptures done by Mestre Valentim and paintings by the slave Manoel da Cunha.
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Apr 20, 2016
“beautiful architecture”
Jan 16, 2016
“Very impressive interior”
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Praca Euvaldo Lodi | Largo de São Francisco de Paula, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22640-010, Brazil
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Reviewed April 20, 2016

beautiful architecture. nice environment but it's not safe to be walking alone around it mainly if you aren't Brazilian. lots of beggars near.

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Reviewed January 16, 2016

Very impressive interior recommend to see. There is small museum inside, free entry .In the church can not buy normal candles but you can put the coins by 0.25 or 0,5 or 1R$ and electronic candles will switch on with labeled durations 15min-1 hour.At the...More

Thank Zorica Z
Reviewed February 7, 2013

The fantastic intricate carvings make this church beautiful to the eye - especially as when we visited the alter was adorned with hundreds of white flowers. The paintings and statues are very interesting. For a special prayer area, go behind the alter to see Jesus,...More

2  Thank elsiek
Reviewed October 26, 2012

visiting this church was the best experience we had in Rio... that is saying a lot as we loved the regular tourist sights like sugar loaf, Christo redentor and the parks--jardim botanico, parque lage , tijuca ... the walls of this church are fully gilded...More

3  Thank IndFamTraveler
Reviewed December 13, 2011

We visited during a torrential downpour so didn't really have the opportunity to appreciate the exterior, but after looking at other photos it appears that the exterior is covered in ugly graffiti. Thankfully,inside was another story, which wasn't apparent as we entered the dimly-lit interior....More

3  Thank Anne D
Reviewed September 2, 2011

The church facade is austere, but its interior is richly decorated with mosaics, frescoes and sculptures by renowned masters of late Baroque art. Unfortunately, theis conservation status is bad and,the church is located in a beautiful old square, but, a bit dangerous, with several homeless...More

8  Thank GUSDALI
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