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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  • September 14, 2017
    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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  • August 6, 2017
    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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  • July 31, 2017
    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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  • December 16, 2016
    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.
  • May 31, 2016
    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.
  • December 28, 2010
    Excellent example of "Brazilian Baroque." Not accessible but very old and real. Still functions as a monastery apparently.
  • May 30, 2017
    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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  • April 13, 2017
    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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