Convento de Santo Antônio, Rio de Janeiro

(4.5/5 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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  • Meet the churches of Rio de Janeiro is how to penetrate the core of your story and worth coming to know.
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  • Beautiful place, very peaceful, I found access to the sanctuary confused, but it was worth it, historical place, watched the mass of 11:00, received the blessing of the Friar Anselmo, which demonstrated incredible spirituality after c visit the Museum and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi! Love
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  • Church and convent of Santo Antonio are next to Largo da Carioca, old building, simple and needs a bit of maintenance, but nothing takes away the aura of the place. I had trouble to visit, in Carnival closed on Friday at noon and opened only on Ash Wednesday.
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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.
  • Arquitetura linda!
  • Lugar perfeito!
  • Espetacular e linda