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Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria

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Address: Praca Pio X, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-020, Brazil
Phone Number: 021 2233-2324
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Beautiful, beautiful church!

I love visiting churches. It is not true that if you've been to one, you've been to all. This one has its unique features, like the lovely carved chairs and the painted and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love visiting churches. It is not true that if you've been to one, you've been to all. This one has its unique features, like the lovely carved chairs and the painted and gold-leafed ceilings.

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Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was in front of it which happened the candelaria massacre - where eight teenager were murdered by local cops. In hte square in front of the church, there are eight red paintings symbolizing the massacre. Despite of this gory story, the church is beautifull, with high dome, very decorated and you can take some nice photos. The visit is... More 

Thank Tiago F
Darvel, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want peace and tranquility and you are a religious person this is a must see visit even those that do not believe are welcome

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

It was quite beautiful and ornate inside. The exterior was not well kept though and it made me sad. Some graffiti on the wall and some of the windows were broken out. If you are in the area its worth spending some time inside.

Thank Sharon P
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Definitely the most beautiful church in the city of Rio de Janeiro. A piece of European tradition to remind the architectural influence during colonial times. It's worth a visit especially right after the sunset when the lights and the sky colors builds a nice portrait.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

It is unique and a must to see if you are in Rio. It doesn´t matter what your beliefs or regilion are. It brings peace to your soul and a sense of history of Brazil and Rio. Plus if you like architeture and beautiful images it has all. The modern style of the new Rio Church may be amazying, but... More 

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Great architecture and art highlight this church in the heart of Rio's bustling city center. Be careful with the busses that whiz around the roundabout near the front door.

Thank ozdess9
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

This building is huge and beautiful...it looks an older building although some people think it's not,just gorgeous to look at.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This church located at the entrance of Rio de Janeiro (old port) and at the intersection of the busiest avenues to Rio downtown is an amazing representation of beauty, richness, history and more. But, above all, to seat in one of the benches and just hear the sound of the pipe organ echoing in the walls transport you away from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

It is the largest ex-voto of the planet: it was built at the behest of a spanish couple in gratitude for having survived to a turbulent travel by ship to Rio, in the seventeen century. Some say that there is no historical evidence to support this, but some protection the church must have: it survived to the opening of the... More 

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Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where 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 used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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