Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, Rio de Janeiro

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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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TripAdvisor
  • We followed the street signs to the church which is centrally located. The church is impressive from the exterior however inside it is beautiful. I was in awe at how impressive it was. Make sure you l...  more »
  • The Candelaria Church is centrally located at the head of Avenida Presidente Vargas, at the intersection of Avenida Rio Branco in downtown Rio. There are many more interesting churches in Rio de Janei...  more »
  • This is an imposing building but is fairly typical of European cathedrals built in the maily baroque style over the 18/19th centuaries  more »
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  • Very beautiful catholic church, nice place to look around and admire the architecture outside and inside.
  • 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.
  • Very nice .
  • Beautiful church!