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.
Sao Bento Monastery dates back to the 17th century and is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the country.© Bruno Perousse
It is located in Rio on one of the hills overlooking the bay.© Dudu Cavalcanti - age fotostock
A monument in the colonial Baroque style© Marcello Sokal - age fotostock
Gold leaf covers much of the interior.© Ricardo Aguiar - age fotostock