Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Penha, Rio de Janeiro

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#17 of 45 in Historic Sites in Rio de Janeiro
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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  • May 23, 2017
    Impressive peace of mind, calm and it seems something overflowing in us to get to the top of the Hill. And on entering the Church the feeling is indescribable. And I often visit churches and Catholic am not. The fact is that be delighted and the place is a lot of power. Insquecível.
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  • May 4, 2017
    I will never waste my time to visit a slum, a number of which are not around. There are steps to climb, but also goes from cable car, as I have been for years. Today, no more!
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  • April 29, 2017
    It is a church found in the lyrics of Samba. It was a great location came out to the movies. I'm in stripped down the stone stairs climb 300 steps, feeling good.
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