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The Monastery of Sao Bento

Adorned with impressive wood sculpture and painting, the monastery is worth a visit

© Luís Guilherme Fernandes Pereira
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The Monastery of Sao Bento Brazil
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Monastery of Sao Bento

This historical site can be found in Rio on one of the hills overlooking the bay. Going back to the 17th century, the Sao Bento monastery is among the most beautiful religious buildings in the country. Woodwork, sculptures and painting in the interior contrast with the exterior austerity.

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The Monastery of Sao Bento

The Monastery of Sao Bento , The majestic altarpiece , Brazil
The majestic altarpiece

Sao Bento Monastery dates back to the 17th century and is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the country.

© Bruno Perousse
The Monastery of Sao Bento , An austere façade , Brazil
An austere façade

It is located in Rio on one of the hills overlooking the bay.

© Dudu Cavalcanti - age fotostock
The Monastery of Sao Bento , The entrance to the monastery , Brazil
The entrance to the monastery

A monument in the colonial Baroque style

© Marcello Sokal - age fotostock
The Monastery of Sao Bento , A construction of sculpted wood , Brazil
A construction of sculpted wood

Gold leaf covers much of the interior.

© Ricardo Aguiar - age fotostock
The Monastery of Sao Bento , Brazil licence creative commons
The Monastery of Sao Bento © Luís Guilherme Fernandes Pereira
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