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“Plain on the outside but mind blowing on the inside!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sao Bento Monastery

Sao Bento Monastery
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Rio Half-Day Tour: São Bento Monastery, Santa Teresa District and Hippie Market...
Ranked #19 of 708 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Gregorian chants are performed on Sundays at this Benedictine complex, which was completed in 1641 and contains a spectacular church altar.
Vancouver, BC
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Plain on the outside but mind blowing on the inside!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

WOW! It doesn't look like much from the outside, but it is absolutely stunning on the inside. Well worth the visit!

Visited February 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Absolutely beautiful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

This monastery is beautiful and the church itself is absolutely stunning - Baroque and covered with gold. The entire church is just breathtaking. Don't miss it.

Visited January 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Simple on the outside but ... on the inside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

A busy and slightly eerie interior make this monastery an interesting view. The entrance is slightly confusing but the guards are very happy to point you in the right direction.

Visited February 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

I have seen endless churches, synagogues, cathedrals etc. in my travels -- This is not to be missed!! The simple exterior does not belie the extraordinary craftsmanship and artistry of the interior. If you like baroque - or can appreciate the church at it's most ornate - this is not bo be missed!

Visited February 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Gregorian mass on Sunday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Monastery was a great experience (hint - don't just walk towards the monastery, get a map and follow streets...) We enjoyed the Sunday Mass via Gregorian Chant. This was a unique experience. The chapel is small and was packed with attendees (go a little early to secure a seat). You can leave if you tire of the experience, but worth seeing. The wood carvings (all by monks) was amazing.

Visited January 2013
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