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. To visit Monastery of Sao Bento on your holiday in Joao Pessoa, and find out what else Joao Pessoa has to offer, use our Joao Pessoa trip planner .
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  • For those who like history, the monastery is Rico participating in the plot of the construction of Joao Pessoa. It was one of the first structures of Joao Pessoa and serve as the first school of law of Brazil. When you visit if you don't have a guide, local guides tell the whole story. Just wonderful all the architecture.
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  • It was fun meeting, Baroque style, built by the Benedictine monks, the monastery (17TH century) and the Church (18th century). Beautiful view of the sunset in the garden at the back of the Church, but I think I need to expand visitation schedule for Saturday and Sunday. I was lucky to see the Church open due to the marriage that would happen on Saturday afternoon.
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  • The construction was started in 1721 and in 1739. Simple but beautiful church. Definitely worth to walk.
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  • Linda Church, quiet and simple ⛪
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  • Beautiful ... visit
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  • A unique place in the heart of Jampa
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  • Very beautiful place and great story.
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  • Loved see some more of the paraibana capital. João Pessoa is a Princess!
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