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Basílica de São Bento

  • Rua de São Bento s/n Map It
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Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

The main chapel of the Basílica de São Bento, a Benedictine monastery, is Olinda's richest church and considered to be one of Brazil's most beautiful. Brilliant gold covers the elaborately carved wooden altar and frames the sumptously furnished private balconies that overlook it, providing a dramatic contrast with the white walls and frescoed ceilings. Sunday's 10 am Mass features Gregorian chants.

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Rua de São Bento s/n, Olinda, 53020-080, Brazil

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8:30–11:45 and 2–6:30

Published 06/18/2015


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