Convento de Santo Antônio, Rio de Janeiro

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Religious Site
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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  • The best way to get to it is by subway, down the Carioca Station. Follow the signs and you will come out just in front of the convent , but will have to walk to the left, because the entrance is at th...  more »
  • Its one of the oldest places in the centre of Rio and there is a lot to see, so take your time so you can see all. Take the elevator at the end of the entrance at the right. In the "tunnel" to the ele...  more »
  • Restored and antique building ... very interesting photos that show progress around! The history of Rio!  more »
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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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