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Historic Rio: Praca da Carioca

Apr 17, 10 Historic Rio: Praca da Carioca

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If you see one church in the downtown area, make it the Igreja de São Francisco (Largo da Carioca, 11am–4pm Wednesday–Friday). Recently restored, the church is a large and beautiful example of the Baroque churches of the 17th and 18th centuries in Brazil, such as those found in Minas Gerais. In fact, some of the master...

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Historic Churches in Pelourinho

Mar 31, 09 Historic Churches in Pelourinho

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Catedral Basilica de São Salvador As you walk into the main praça of Pelourinho, called the Terreiro de Jesus, the Catedral Basilica will be on your left. You can’t miss it; it’s the largest and most impressive church in the praça, built in the early 1600s, not long after the founding of Salvador. Much of the original...

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Historic Rio: Mosteiro de Sao Bento

Dec 14, 08 Historic Rio: Mosteiro de Sao Bento

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On Sunday at 10am you can hear the Gregorian Chants at the Monastery of São Bento, one of the most impressive Baroque churches in the country. Built in 1663, the monastery contains detailing and sculptures with a mixture of dark Jacarandá wood and gold leaf. Most impressive is the front altar and large paintings along the side...

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