Fodor's Expert Review Basílica de São Bento

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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, Pernambuco  53020-080, Brazil


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