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. Plan to visit Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rio de Janeiro attractions using our Rio de Janeiro travel route planner.
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  • Linda Church, full of stories, easily accessible and welcoming to visitors. It's worth taking a little time to get to know the historic buildings of the region.
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  • Excellent opportunity to keep the memory of one of the most traditional churches of Brazil. Extremely nice and easy access by public transport, and Uber. Watch the display of mobile phones and jewelry. Security is a concern.
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  • The church stands out in the big wide and cross streets. His face is turned to the sea. Its carved bronze doors stand out. It's great. Natural light infiltrates discreetly by niches on the ceiling that have this function. Beautiful interior. Besides the religious activities there are presentations of classical music/cross promoted by the Brotherhood.
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