Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, Rio de Janeiro

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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  • August 8, 2017
    Church, religion, Temple of faith. Right in the center of the city of Rio de Janeiro, people spend, in the rush of everyday life and there's the beautiful church of our Lady of Candelaria, Imposing, robust Quality, many stories stored and presented in the silence of the beautiful altars of the interior of the Church
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  • August 5, 2017
    Central Church on the River, full of history, including marked by a sad episode of urban violence. However, the Church is closed to visitation in full weekend.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Beautiful architecture, worth the visit. I walked through downtown and saw no danger, only need the care as in any big city. Church rich and full of details.
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  • July 10, 2017
    Nice Church Old School in the middle of a modern neighborhood. Contrast is amazing
  • January 2, 2017
    Very beautiful catholic church, nice place to look around and admire the architecture outside and inside.
  • July 12, 2017
    Ok
  • August 24, 2016
    I enjoyed this place. So quiet.
  • December 15, 2015
    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.

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