MOSTEIRO DE SÃO BENTO...
This is a jewel of our Barroc Era, this church was built between 1576 and 1590 when Rio was just a very rich colony of Portugal, and they finished the construction quite late, around 1671, but the whole great gold work was made before 1630 by great portuguese artists and brazilians as well. This is a place where everything started in Rio.
This monastery belongs to the St. Benedictus Order, actually the monks who settled here came from the MontSerrat Monastery in Spain (actually from the spanish province of Catalunya)
Today is one of the places in Rio that we are very proud of...It tells you a lot of History of our Land!
And makes you think that Rio is way more than just a summer destination!!! We do have a rich culture that we are all happy to show you!!!!