Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, Rio de Janeiro

(4.4/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
The marble walls, abundant sculptural decoration, German stained-glass window and painted ceiling of Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria make for a decadent but breathtaking space. According to legend, in the beginnning of the 17th century a group of Spaniards first sponsored the building of a small chapel by the name Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria in order to fulfill an oath they swore when their ship, the "Candelária," was almost lost at sea. When this chapel eventually fell into repair, a larger, grander building was envisioned in its place. The facade, which incorporates both baroque and neo-classical elements, was completed by 1811, when the church was inaugurated in the presence of King John VI of Portugal, but it would be another 66 years before the distinctive white dome--constructed in Lisbon and brought to Brazil by ship--would be in place. Put Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria and other Rio de Janeiro attractions into our Rio de Janeiro trip builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Easy access; from the port of ships walk 10 minutes and no more. Floor of the Church worked and very interesting. Cozy place to stop for a while.
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  • I've been to the RJ and I tried to visit the Church of our Lady of Candelaria. Famous, not by religion, but by the slaughter of children many years ago happened. Always closed, I don't understand why. But, anyway the external architecture is wonderful. The atmosphere is a liltle bit scary if you think about the atrocity happened there some years ago.
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  • Those homeless kids slept outside the office building diagonally opposite Candelaria Cathedral on the left side of Praca Barao de Drumond along Avenida Presidente Vargas and Rua Primero de Marco. Ther...  more »
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  • I enjoyed this place. So quiet.
  • There are music concerts happening here opened to everyone, every month. You can subscribe with the organizers in order to stay tuned on new presentations.
  • Beautiful church
  • I appreciated especially the paints on the roof of this monument.
  • Beautiful and ornate with many side chapels to various Saints. Pipe organ goes well with the interior especially during Mass.