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“GOLD and red monastery... architectural gem”

Sao Bento Monastery
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Owner description: Gregorian chants are performed on Sundays at this Benedictine complex, which was completed in 1641 and contains a spectacular church altar.
Houston, Texas
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“GOLD and red monastery... architectural gem”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Centro is full of architectural gems and we spent an entire day walking from one beautiful church to another...we took the metro orange line from its starting point Gen Osario some 100m from our hotel in copacabana and got down at station Carioca... fare just R$ 3 for the 15km...after visiting the magnificent Candelaria church by getting out through the exit with the same name, it was an easy walk to Sao Bento... the entry was through the garage and once we were on the 1st floor, the monastery was an awesome sight inside... all gold and red .. and serene... we were attired in trousers, shirts with sleeves the whole day as the website mentions dress code... we however did see some people clad skimpily

Visited April 2012
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Transcendental Experience!!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Friends, this Monastery in the centre of Rio is without any question AN OASIS!!!! It is in Praca Maua area, and is situated on top of a hill, giving an incredible view of the Guanabara Bay/Harbor area.
Whether you really believe in God or not, it makes no difference whatsoever, because the minutes you will spend inside this monastery will transcend labels, ideas, beliefs, and prejudices.
I recommend you go to watch the 15min Gregorian Chant prayer sung by the monks, at 5:45pm everyday. Then look at the art, look at the different chapels, look at the golden details... Let the beauty of the place and the songs penetrate your soul and mind!!! You won`t regret!!! Cheers

Visited August 2012
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

A visit to the church at the São Bento Monastery is an experience. The beauty of the decoration and the solemn atmosphere embrace the visitor. I would recommend attending the 10:00 AM service on Sundays for the Gregorian chant.

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“Impressive Monument of Carioca History, Worth a Short Stop”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

Quiet Idyllic settting and absolutely stunning. Not much tourist traffic, makes this one of the "lesser known" Architectural/Religious History attraction in Rio. Our tour guide "Neyla" proposed a quick stop while we were in the neighborhood, and after an initial objection, we agreed to go.... Boy was she correct in assuming we'd be well impressed!!.... Stunning Imperial wealth and good maintenance is reflected all around in the golden carved surroundings and Idyllic lighting, comparable to any Great European Monument (Esp. from the Imperial Portuguese Era). Well worth a short stop. My only beef was there were no vendors of any kind outside nor many benches to take in the surroundings. Otherwise, very impressive!!

Visited September 2012
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Rio de Janeiro
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“Gorgeous church”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

This church dates from the 1700s and it is part of a monastery. The church is very well preserved, decorated in gold and worth the trip to the downtown area. Worth going to a service.

Visited July 2012
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