Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Penha, Rio de Janeiro

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Experience a 360-degree view of western Rio from Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Penha, a small church sitting atop one of the city’s largest favelas. The church is famous for its 382 stone steps, climbed by faithful pilgrims first by standing, and then by kneeling on each step. You too can reach the top on foot, or more comfortably by taking a short cable-car ride, which is free of charge. Dating back to the 17th century, the building was originally a small chapel built by a sea captain named Baltasar de Abreu Cardoso. Today the church is the site of frequent special masses and local celebrations. Time your visit for a special event to see local choirs and folkloric groups perform traditional songs and dances. Plan your visit to Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Penha and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rio de Janeiro trip generator.
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  • A purest known. Beautiful church with a spectacular view. To get up you can go in a cable car or lift Hill depending on how they know it. Purest conkcer in a quiet neighborhood.
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  • The Church is in a place of difficult access for those who are on the South side. We went to metro Copacabana until Vicente de Carvalho and from there we took the BRT to the Penha. It took us almost 2 hours. We arrived at the sanctuary and we climbed up the Church of gondola. The place is not very safe. The view is beautiful and the Church was restored and is beautiful. Recommend going when you have mass, so it's safer. It was not easy climbing the 360 steps in the scorching heat of the river. But it's worth it!
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  • Great place to be visited on vacation in Rio de Janeiro ... However, some factors should be considered.--the location is very dangerous to have access their own taxi drivers and uber, which make the region, they're scared .... I had access to the site, with an uber, we recommended very carefully in the back local....na had a little problem to leave the sanctuary Since neither an uber or taxi, wanted to climb up to it for us .... took a while to find someone with courage, kkkk ... but is a site that you visit, patch has a unique view of the city of Rio de Janeiro (North zone), not to mention a historic value immeasurable, the Catholic community ... anyway, we haven't had any major problems, and thanks very much worth visiting recommend ...!!
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  • Cresci e me criei neste lugar magico
  • Lugar de profecias / fé nos pedidos e agradecimentos ao Senhor através de Maria, sua mãe santíssima / foi assim com a sobrinha Erika Agostinho que disse sim a gravidez da Manuela é todo ano ela vem de São Paulo agradecer pela Graça alcançada! Glórias e louvores a Ti Senhor.
  • Visão incrivel
  • Lugar maravilhoso!
  • Muito bom.