Convento de Santo Antônio, Rio de Janeiro

(4.4/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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 Convento Santo Antonio is situated right next to the Metro station Carioca. From outside, the whole complex looks pretty run down and in need of renovation. The Interior of the church building it will take but almost the breath away, because a large part of the Interior was lined with gold.
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  • A beautiful building with history and beautiful architecture, that deserves a visit. Requires maintenance, but, still, it's beautiful. In December, the site hosts the Franciscan Exhibition of cribs. For religious, there's masses in various open days and times.
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  • In 2013 I visited the convent of Santo Antônio, which depicts important part of the history of the city, is an important religious reference and who keeps a beautiful and Rico acquis. On the first visit, the chapel was still in the works. I'm back now to complete the visit, since the chapel was opened poorly in October 2016 to visitations. The ID of the collection is still in handwritten cards, which does not prevent understanding of exhibits. Magnificent construction, with a stunning visual of his many pieces carved and beautifully restored in this last reform. Highlighting the paintings depicting their descendants. Not to be missed!
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  • 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.
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  • Espetacular e linda