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Church and Monastery of Sao Bento

Rua de Sao Bento s/n, Olinda, State of Pernambuco 53020-080, Brazil
(81) 3429-3288
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2 weeks ago
2 Apr 2017
“Authentic experience of Brazilian Catholicism”
Rua de Sao Bento s/n, Olinda, State of Pernambuco 53020-080, Brazil
(81) 3429-3288

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This church is not very pretty outside but it is very very pretty inside. For my surprise the bells still work and actually they were ring the bells while I was there and there was also a service going on while I was visiting this...More

Thank MariaCFC
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We are two Canadians who are not religious, but happened to be visiting Olinda on a Sunday and were told it was worth attending a service at the monastery to hear the music. The music (Gregorian chanting) was beautiful, but the acoustics were not as...More

Thank Leah M
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Stopped by this small church on a tour. Beautiful alter with interesting history. Worth a look if in the area

Thank DeborahandAndy
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Benedictins monastery from 16th century. Ugly outside but amazing inside. To my mind, it is the best chuch in Olinda. Don't skip this. Nice altar and all the carvings. A holy ceremony was going on when visited plus the church bells were ringing. It made...More

Thank Utepil
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This church is in much better shape than many of the churches we saw in Brazil. It was difficult to hear our guide with all the noise going on outside due to Carnival preparation. The best part of the church is the view from the...More

Thank LibbyH1
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This great Benedictine monastery was originally built in 1582 and the interior is nothing less than dazzling. The rich wood carving is overlaid with gilt or silver-gilt of the most ornate decorative patterns, all with intricate religious themes. The carvings of the Madonna and of...More

Thank mccorquinn
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Be there, breath and feel. Renew your faith. Amazing church. Take a long and detailed look at the High Altar. Take you time, no hurry. Don´t you forget to feel.

Thank Vinicius C
Reviewed 17 September 2016

I haven't been inside as unfortunately it was closed when I went there. The outside looks really nice.

Thank mweinrauch
Reviewed 16 August 2016

a very nice church well preserved. the better way to visit is to find (they will find you!) from the street

Thank Pz1965
Reviewed 3 February 2016

Beautiful art and workmanship, one of those places you can leave Olinda without seeing. Like the cathedral downtown, the size is deceiving. The architecture and splendor are equal to those in europe.

Thank Philip V
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Kimberley F
Hi ! Does anyone know if we need to pay to enter the Church and Monastery ? How much is it? Thanks a lot !
19 November 2015|
Response from rafaelg232016 | Reviewed this property |
Hello! There is no payment to know the church. However there are people (through a cultural project) that explain the history of the site and ask for a voluntary donation for the work done ! Hug.
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