Convento de Santo Antônio, Rio de Janeiro

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 my day in Rio de Janeiro using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Your story around 1592 coneca the arrival of the Franciscan friars. Its construction date of inauguration in 1620, so you can see how much history these walls store and make us admire. Very easy to reach as it is facing the Rio subway station and tb a few meters the VLT. Worth much reading about all your story.
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  • Oasis of tranquillity and religiosity, beautiful ship with gold paintings. Not to be missed by the gardens of BNDES where has an interesting sculpture of steel Brazil map
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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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  • 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.
  • Wonderful! A beautiful masterpiece. Place of payment and invitation to prayer and contemplation. Popular masses, even at midday. Confessions idem. In addition to the invitation to the gathering, you will feel in a highly inviting and soothing. Coming out of there, be sure to visit the Church of St. Francis of penance, next.
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  • Holy Place! Offers a peace in the middle of downtown Rio de Janeiro. Here I can reflect on life and get closer to God. Like to participate in the Holy Mass. The confession is granted to the faithful who need all day long. Always climb the ladder, but there is an elevator for those in need.
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