Church and Monastery of Sao Bento, Olinda

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Within this peaceful sanctuary, you will find a magnificent altar standing 14 m (46 ft) tall. Made from gilded, carved cedar, it is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque art and has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum. Now returned to the church, you can marvel at its opulence in its spiritual home. Among other significant features of Church and Monastery of Sao Bento, you will see the only mezzanine floor in Olinda, dating back to the colonial times, and the original location of the first Faculty of Law in Brazil, in the building to the left of the church. The monks who live in the monastery sing Gregorian chants. Put Church and Monastery of Sao Bento into our Olinda trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Olinda.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The monastery of São Bento is beautiful. I was fortunate to be accompanied by a very special guide and known in Olinda Mr. José Carlos, charged a price below the table (negotiate) and demonstrated knowledge of Olinda. Spoke of the time of Dutch and Olinda also on the daily life of this magnificent city. Told the story of the beautiful churches with firmness and wisdom. Not to mention how I got into this church for the first time, I had to get off on the right foot and make three requests. This church is very beautiful and rich. Clearly shows the Division of class the place to attend mass in the old days, people of wealth sat in gold top and according to your social position other places! Recommend!!!
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  • August 9, 2017
    Beautiful, but only one church. Not a big deal. One of the main tourist attractions of the city, passing mandatory.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Impressed and enchanted by the beauty and uniqueness the Church and the monastery of St. Benedict. Many locals don't know nowhere near the treasure. Preferably, go in the morning to participate in a quick religious worship before lunch. Gregorian chant delights, thrills and chills Highly recommended!
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  • April 9, 2017
    Is the most sumptuous Church of Olinda and resembles the churches of Ouro Preto. The throwing style is Baroque, with carved Cedar walls and covered with gold, gorgeous ceiling panels. The biggest highlight is the immense altar mor all gold plated. The monastery is not open to the public but has an accessible area to have a little sight of him.
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  • May 31, 2017
    Who's going in Olinda for the first time have to meet the Saint Benedict's monastery. The Church has a beautiful facade, but the most impressive is the altar rich in gold.
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  • April 23, 2017
    It is a beautiful monastery. You can appreciate their beauty at the beginning of the ascent along the rua São Bento, since the building of the Town Hall.
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  • April 27, 2017
    A work of art!
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  • March 26, 2017
    Beautiful church, it's just not as big as the churches of Italy, the churches of Italy are the largest in the world.
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