Mosteiro de São Bento

Rua Dom Gerardo, 68 | Centro

Daily from 7am to 6pm
At 7:30am on weekdays and 10am on Sundays there is mess with Gregorian choir

Behind a modest and restrained facade, the abbey hides a richly carved gold Baroque interior. In the inside, this gem has opulent woodwork Rococo ornaments, paintings, Portuguese tiles and beautiful saints statues. It is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Brazil. Built between 1617 and 1640 on top of a hill, the church went through a 11-year renovation, reopening for the public in 2015. Run by the Benedictine Order, on Sundays, the 10am mass presents a monk choir, that sings Gregorian chants. To reach the monastery from Rua Dom Gerardo, it is necessary to take an elevator at number 40 up to the 5th floor.

Image by Catarina Belova | Shutterstock

Image by Catarina Belova | Shutterstock

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