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The Amazon Sights

Igreja São Sebastião

  • Rua Tapajós, 54 Map It
  • Centro
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 06/24/2013

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With its charcoal-gray exterior and medieval style, this neoclassical church (circa 1888) seems foreboding. Its interior, however, is luminous and uplifting, with white Italian marble, stained-glass windows, and beautiful ceiling paintings. The church has a tower on only one side. No one is sure why this is so, but if you ask, you may get one of several explanations: the second tower wasn't built because of lack of funds; it was omitted as a symbolic gesture to the poor;

or the ship with materials for its construction sank. As you stroll through the church plaza, note the black-and-white Portuguese granite patterns at your feet. They are said to represent Manaus's meeting of the waters.

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Rua Tapajós, 54, Manaus, 69010-240, Brazil

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Usually Mon.–Sat. 9–5, but hrs vary

Updated 06/24/2013


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