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 sanctuary and Convent of Santo Antonio is part of the history of Rio de Janeiro. She is a simple Church, but with an immense inner peace. After all, San Antonio was a simple person. Recommend a visit.
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  • The convent is in this part of the river that is must-visit for any tourist who wishes to know more of the history of the River, mainly of religious works. The shrine is one of the oldest buildings of the river and its importance is proven by the fact that the Empress Leopoldina have been buried there before being taken to the mausoleum of Ipiranga, in São Paulo, I couldn't visit the interior, I don't know if it's allowed, but the foreign visitor already allows see enough of the convent.
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  • A fine specimen of the temples in the years of the Foundation of Rio de Janeiro. Prla also view Valley has the center of the river.
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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