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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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  • SAO BENTO MONASTERY Monday to Friday from 9 to 12 and from 14 to 17 hours. Sunday at 10 p.m.: singing Gregorian belongs to the order of the Benedictines, was built from 1586 and completed in 1599. In 1631 it was destroyed by the fire caused by the Dutch invaders. In 1660 he begins reconstruction, in Baroque style that is completed in 1761 (according to the inscription of the oculus). The façade presents a sober façade with carved doors, frames of stone and in the Centre the oculus flanked by large windows with iron bars. The gable with volutes and a bas-relief with the coat of arms of the Benedictine order. On your right a tower with a carillon of bells, crowned by a dome. The interior, with a nave with the main altar featuring a neoclassical and rococo Baroque influence altarpiece of 14 meters high, cedar wood laminated in gold which was built between 1783 and 1786. In 2002 it was dismantled and sent to the exhibition of NY as a main attraction of the show "Brazil, body and soul". The Centre presents the image of São Bento, flanked by Sta. Escolástica and San Gregorio el Grande. The ceiling decorated with paintings that depict scenes from the life of the founder of the order Saint and three s. Silver lamps hang 18TH. Pulpit beautifully worked with canopy and altars side with images of the s. XVIII. It is noteworthy the choir with a Christ crucified surrounded by angels and natural size. The sacristy furniture carved in Cedar and decorated with crystals and mirrors on the walls. On the roof a 1785 painting represents the life of the Holy., a painting by s. XIV of Sao Sebastian, an altarpiece gold for 24 years (between 1828 and 1852) ran here the first Faculty of law of Recife.
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  • I couldn't get in, the day was being remodeled and had to look at only the main door, but the little I saw this all very well maintained ... Always good to see you in the morning (the 10hj) or late (after the 17:00).
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  • Has a richly carved main altar and very beautiful. Nice place to visit and take pictures. Worth a visit, especially if accompanied by a guide to explain the history of the site
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