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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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  • This church is not very pretty outside but it is very very pretty inside. For my surprise the bells still work and actually they were ring the bells while I was there and there was also a service goin...  more »
  • We are two Canadians who are not religious, but happened to be visiting Olinda on a Sunday and were told it was worth attending a service at the monastery to hear the music. The music (Gregorian chant...  more »
  • Stopped by this small church on a tour. Beautiful alter with interesting history. Worth a look if in the area  more »
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  • A beautiful building. Old and solid. Many detail to enjoy, from the portals of wood to interior decoration. All the way from the city of Olinda, will make the whole religious is beautiful. A couple of hundred metres from beautiful homes, with a stoned on a slope, very old. Front of the building there is a care Park.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A work of art!
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