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Monastery of Sao Bento, Joao Pessoa

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Built in the 17th century by Benedictine monks, Monastery of Sao Bento is one of the oldest monasteries in the country, and one of the lucky few never to have been destroyed or damaged. Currently a World Heritage Site, the Baroque building is still home to a number of monks. These thick stone walls hide a long and rich history of the area, which you can explore on a guided tour. The center of local culture for many centuries, the monastery houses many religious paintings, woodwork made by the local slave population, items of worship brought from the Old World, and sacred texts dating back to the early days of Benedictine presence in the region. Behind the monastery is a large garden, the place of quiet contemplation for monks and visitors. Use our Joao Pessoa trip itinerary builder to visit Monastery of Sao Bento on your trip to Joao Pessoa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Monday through Friday has mass and is open. On Saturday, only the 7:00 in the morning. Sunday is closed. It has a sidebar with garden is a beautiful sight.
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  • We went on a Saturday afternoon and was closed, a shame. The Saint Benedict's monastery is located in the historic centre of the city. Is a set in Baroque style, built by the Benedictine monks, the monastery (17TH century) and the Church (18th century).
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  • It's simple, but with your charm. Pretty. As is in the historic centre of João pessoa give to visit other points of interest on a day shift.
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  • Architectural ensemble in Baroque style. Masses of Sec. the Sex. from 12:00 there are no masses in holidays, clean and quiet location, the street is quite safe with parking along the track.
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  • Very beautiful monastery, too bad I couldn't see inside because it was closed.
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  • Odd place.
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  • Be sure to meet this place around your homes with magnificent architecture, if you like old stories is very good to talk to the locals of the region.
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  • Best place for this.
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As you'd expect, most of the accommodations in Joao Pessoa crowd around the eastern coastline, jostling for the best position to catch a glimpse of the morning sun. Of these areas, the beach neighborhoods of Cabo Branco Tambaú and Manaíra offer by far the best range of places to stay. In pleasant contrast to many of Brazil's other coastal cities, a restriction on high-rise buildings along the shorefront has helped the city retain its laid-back, natural feel. Consequently, most hotels are housed in smaller, unobtrusive buildings. You won't find a huge range of budget accommodations in the city, but if visiting in low season (March to November), you can bargain for as much as 40 percent off the regular price.
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