Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Penha, Rio de Janeiro
(4.3/5 based on 110 reviews on the web)
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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  • After driving by the yellow Av Limha Brazil and cut the Penha neighborhood movement, you can immerse yourself in another world.: trees, birds, silence, beautiful staircase and a beautiful church. Upstairs, the view is amazing and the breeze a breath. The Church is beautiful and simple. An invitation to prayer and meditation. Accessible to all: long-term parking (free of charge) and an inclined plane for seniors and people with difficulty of locomotion (also free)
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  • Beautiful place, with beautiful view. Great family trip! The site has a small canteen for a simple snack, has restrooms and drinking fountain. Access is good which makes the visit of all, through the cable-cars, or even by staircase that has steps well short. Worth the visit!
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  • I went without high expectations but I was surprised with the local organization and the friendliness of the staff. The Church is small but it's worth the climb. The site brings us an aura of peace and tranquillity. For those who like views is a must ride. I intend to return.
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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.