Sao Bento Monastery, Rio de Janeiro

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The Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat (Portuguese: Abadia de Nossa Senhora do Monserrate), more commonly known as the Mosteiro de São Bento (Monastery of St. Benedict), is a Benedictine abbey located on the Morro de São Bento (St. Benedict Hill) in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Mannerist style church is a primary example of Portuguese colonial architecture in Rio and the country.

The abbey was founded by Benedictine monks who came from the state of Bahia in 1590. It is still operational today, along with the Colégio de São Bento (St. Benedict College) nearby. The college, established in 1858, is one of the most important traditional educational establishments in Brazil and claims many famous alumni. The abbey includes the Faculdade de São Bento (St. Benedict Seminary), with courses in theology and philosophy that are recognized by the Ministry of Education. Theological studies at the monastery are also affiliated with the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome.
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  • What a gorgeous monestary . This is certainly worth your time in Rio .The gold in this monastery is absolutely breathtaking ! Please make time to visit this working monastery when you are in Rio.  more »
  • This perfect little jewel was one of the stops on our all day tour. It was magnificent. We were fortunate enough to be there as they were having a service. It was really neat to be able to...  more »
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  • Beautiful church, stunning carvings & gold everywhere you would not know from the outside how beautiful this church is.
  • Very nice, baroque art and detail in this church. Very interesting stories about how the church would open its doors to those of other countries but feared the pirates would ransack the church of its gold so there closed the doors and added wrought iron bars to the windows.

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