Convento de Santo Antônio, Rio de Janeiro

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Together, Convento de Santo Antônio and the adjacent Church of the Third Order of St. Francis of Penance are one of the most important colonial sites remaining in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Completed in 1620, but greatly expanded since then, the convent's architecture combines complementary baroque, colonial, and neo-colonial styles. Though beautiful in its own right, the convent's chapel is outshone--literally--by the neighboring Church of the Third Order. The facade of the church, divided into three sections with baroque trappings, is simple and unassuming. Enter the interior, however, and you are dazzled by the luxuriant decoration; everywhere you look is gold. The copious gilding is complemented by the beautiful wooden ceiling painting, depicting the Glorification of St. Francis. The church also serves as the Museum of Sacred Art. Plan to visit Convento de Santo Antônio and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rio de Janeiro attractions using our Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary maker.
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  • Immersive experience! This year, in particular. The usual quality of celebrations, combined with the strength and faith of the faithful, highlighted the trecena as one of the most immersive. The party itself gives all with delicious appetizers and the traditional cake of Santo Antônio. Special blessings to those who find the Locket of the Saint, on your cake. I found two!!!
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  • This Convent is one of those places that we pass in front of every day and never think of entering. One fine day, we go and surprise yourself! Is a real refuge and oasis in downtown Rio. Amid hoots, transit, busybodies, behold's bucolic construction. In the "channel" of the entry, there are several images on the construction of the building and about what it would be like the landscape before the modifications. On the second floor, there is a chapel where masses are celebrated. Next, there is a Museum, where it is necessary to buy a ticket. To visit only a small area, it costs $10.00. Already the Grand Tour (Tuesdays and Thursdays at two times, but just remember the first, 13:30; on Saturdays too, but remember) costs R$15,00 and is about 2 hours of visitation, with much more visited areas of the visit without the Guide. There's a sensational Church, all made of gold and with Baroque and Rococo style, and also to visit the various areas of the convent. The visit to Catholics and non-Catholics is very worthwhile!
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  • Church of St. Anthony at Largo da Carioca, RJ, is in addition to devotion, a visit to the history of the city. The foundation stone of the Church of St. Anthony was launched on 4 June 1608, but the works stretched until 1620. The major altarpiece is dedicated to St. Anthony. The sides, the Immaculate Conception and St. Francis of Assisi. All in sober Baroque style. The chapel chancel is adorned by 16 paintings, facts of life of St. Anthony. The Church has undergone several restorations, some unhappy, and there are still works in progress. The walls and the floor were graves, all dropped. In the side chapel, dedicated to our Lady of the angels, are the bones of Frei Fabiano of Christ. To the right of those who enter, the primitive Chapel of the third order of penance, restored, separated by an iron railing. Is still in the pulpit in church that preached the biggest sacred speakers of Rio in the past centuries. There are many details still to reveal about this church that was stuck on a Hill since the beginnings of the village occupied by Portuguese colonists, when there were very few buildings, and certainly none that were high enough to prevent the beautiful view of the Bay. However, there is no shortage of information for anyone interested in researching. St. Anthony is a very popular Saint, and your belief comes from afar. He was born in Portugal and died in Italy, and the popularity is due to the fame of patron of desperate causes and lost things, and they also say that it is the "Holy matchmaker". Result: every Tuesday the Church has stalls of food and souvenirs, and the blessing in the masses. But in June, the holy month, the party is special, and crowds flock to the monastery every day, and especially on the day 13 for their prayers. And the current situation only increases the number of believers. Even for those who are not Catholic or devotee, tour of the historical importance of the place.
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  • If you are into old churches and liturgic art this is an amazing place to visit. It is in fact two destinations, the old franciscan convent, fully working, with a very old and not so well kept church. And the side by side "ordem terceira", third order, complex, with its amazing sao francisco church. If you have the opportunity visit the museum of the order. Try to schedule in advance so that you can visit the cemetery and the slaves church, which are otherwise closed for visiting.
  • For the view, and the beauty of the place, it is indeed worth the visit. Nice to see how the Largo da Carioca has changed over the years and the history behind it.
  • Excellent example of "Brazilian Baroque." Not accessible but very old and real. Still functions as a monastery apparently.
  • Worth the visit for the history of the place! The Sacro Museum is unmissable! Has an original painting of Dom Pedro II as a young man. However all the buildings badly preserved!
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  • It's a historic site closely linked to the founding of the city. The construction is great but is in retirement. Is one of the most frequented by the churches and famous for distributing bread to the poor.
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