Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Penha, 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Penha and many more Rio de Janeiro attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rio de Janeiro online tour planner .
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  • What a view! That peace! Amazing place that deserves a visit. Take it slow and with time to enjoy all the sanctuary and its details.
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  • Penha sanctuary is the face of Rio de Janeiro. It is located on the Hill. Has a vision of the complexo do alemão, that scary. The climb if you're on foot can be made by cable car from the base. The Church is simple but very representative.
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  • The location of the Church is beautiful, has an impressive view, neither seems to be so close to a complex of favelas. I climbed the staircase and down by cable car. Very hot. requires attention in the vicinity.
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