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Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church

Largo da Carioca 5 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20050-020, Brazil
(21) 2262-0197
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“slaves” (3 reviews)
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Largo da Carioca 5 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20050-020, Brazil
(21) 2262-0197
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is agorgeous church in the middle of Rio's busy business district. It's worth a look as the interior is very special.

Thank odinaldo
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This hidden gem is quite impressive, you won't be able to focus on anything because it's all so golden and overloaded, it's crazy beautiful! They charge a small fee to enter and it's usually empty, a wonderful place to visit if you are downtown!

1  Thank evyboo
Reviewed 25 November 2016

I've got jaw dropped once I arrived in this chapel... it's plenty covered of Golden leaves and pieces, many of them sculpted by Aleijadinho's master, Francisco Xavier de Brito. You will find in the Franciscan Convent of Santo Antônio: three chapels, one of them is...More

Thank Tiago F
Reviewed 13 August 2016

I was astonished when I came upon this church. Never would I have imagined such a beautiful church in Rio. It's downtown in the Centro area which most tourist to Rio never go to, staying mostly in Copacabana and or Ipanema. If in Rio, I...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 12 August 2016

The church is beautiful, if you like baroque, so of course it is dark and heavy. The church, although it looks like it is actual gold, it is wood carved gold painted. With all of the wood in the area they used that rather than...More

Thank Regina F
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I know that's a weird title but it's true. The chapel/church is stunning with all the gold. Literally everything but the pews and floors are gilded in gold. Quite a sight to see. However, it's depressing when you think about all the money spent to...More

Thank MKC0619
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Be aware closed on Monday. ( at least in June) spectacular Wooden gilded interior worth the visit . There is a small museum that is within the complex less interesting.

Thank laloux
Reviewed 9 June 2016

On the heart of the downtown area , on the Largo da Carioca, there are the only remanents of the Santo Antonio Hill ... Upside of this remanents, you can visit the Santo Antonio convent - which is for free and still being restorated ....More

1  Thank phpais
Reviewed 11 May 2016

This church is right next to Santo Antonio monastery (same complex) in Centro. You pay 5 reals to enter the church. The gilding is magnificent and something I've never seen before. Definitely worth spending 20-30 minutes admiring the beautiful work.

1  Thank Jasmine D
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We visited during the Easter week and the church was packed with people. The atmosphere is amazingly powerful. The entrance to the church is a bit hidden as they are doing some refurbishment work. Striking contrast between the modern buildings around and the humble church

Thank Pina M
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all major companies house their offices. However, the
region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like
the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that
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3 September 2016|
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Response from laloux | Reviewed this property |
There are no mass , Sao Francisco is a museum but however you can attend mass next door at the Santo Antonio church. On the right side of the wall you can see a little chapel which is in the Sao Francisco church/museum which... More