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Rio Churches

The country that has the largest catholic population has, of course, hundreds of churches. These are some of the most important ones in Rio.

Rio de Janeiro Cathedral

São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro Cathedral

Avenida Republica do Chile, 245, centro Telephone: (0**21) 2240-2669, www.Cathedral.com.br
Visits: daily, from 7 am to 5 pm - Opened in 1976, it has the form of a cone and it is decorated by colour stained glass windows. There is also a sacred art museum.

Church of Nossa Senhora da Candelária do Rio de Janeiro

Praça Pio X, s/n°, Centro - Telephone: (0**21) 2233-2324
Visits: from Mondays to Fridays, from 8 am to 4 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm, Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. One of the most beautiful churches in the city, it took several years to finish. The church construction started in 1775 and ended in 1877.

Church of Venerável Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência

Largo da Carioca, 5, Centro Telephone: (0**21) 2262-0197
Visits: from Tuesdays to Fridays, from 9 am to 4 pm. Guided tours need to be requested by phone. One of the most beautiful churches in Rio, it is characterised by its baroque art and its images. It was built between 1657 and 1747, forming a harmonic complex with the church and convent of Santo Antonio.

Church of Santa Rita do Rio de Janeiro

Largo de Santa Rita, s/n°, Centro - Telephone: (0**21) 2233-3001
Visits: from Mondays to Fridays, from 7 am to 6 pm. Saturdays and Sundays, from 7 am to 12 pm. Finished in 1720, it has a typically baroque facade.

Church and Convent of Santa Tereza

Ladeira de Santa Tereza, 52, Santa Tereza - Telephone: (0**21) 2224-1040
Visits: from Mondays to Sundays, from 8 am to 4:30 pm. This church belongs to the order of the "Carmelitas Descalças" and it was built in 1750. The nuns live isolated from the rest of the world.

Church of Nossa Senhora da Penha

Largo da Penha, 19, Penha - Telephone: (0**21) 2290-0942/ 3887-5155, www.santuariodapenhario.com.br - Visits: daily, from 7 am to 6 pm.
On top of a peak, open to an amazing view you will find the Church of Nossa Senhora da Penha de França, one of the four main churches in the city. At night you can see it when it is lit on the high peak. The popular Penha Fest, held from the first Sunday of October and to the first one of November is a classic cultural trait of Rio´s urban life. There are religious parades, shows, celebrations, expositions and festivals. This Church dates from 1635.

Church of aur Lady of Candelaria

Rio de Janeiro Presbyterian Cathedral

Rua Silva Jardim, 23, Centro Telephone: (0**21) 2262-2330
Visits: daily, from 8 am to 8 pm - Built in 1862, it is the only gothic building in downtown Rio.

Church of Nossa Senhora do Brazil do Rio de Janeiro

Avenida Portugal, 772, Botafogo - Telephone: (0**21) 2295-0496
Visits: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 8 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm. Wednesday and Saturday, from 8 am to 12 pm. On Sundays the church opens for mass at 9 am, 11 am and 6 pm. It was built in 1923 in neoclassic style, and it received a strong influence of Mexican art.

Church of Nossa Senhora da Lapa dos Mercadores

Rua do Ouvidor, 35, Centro - Telephone: (0**21) 2509-2339
Visits: daily, from 8 am to 2 pm. Built in 1750 and remodelled between 1862 and 1872, it has now a neoclassic facade. The interior is late baroque style and in the arches there are rococo details.

Church of de Santa Cruz dos Militares Rio de Janeiro

Rua Primeiro de Março, 36, Centro - Telephone: (0**21) 2509-4858
Visits: from Mondays to Fridays, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Saturdays, from 9:30 to 1:30 pm.
Built between 1780 and 1811, the Church was built upon the fort that defended the Guanabara by from invasions.

Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo - Antiga Cathedral

Rua Primeiro de Março, s/n°, Centro - Telephone: (0**21) 2242-7766
Visits: from Mondays to Fridays, from 8 am to 6 pm
First Cathedral of the City, it was built 1761.

Church and Convent of Santo Antônio

Largo da carioca, s/n°, Centro -Telephone: (0**21) 2262-0129/ 2262-1201
Visits: from Mondays to Fridays, from 7:30 am to 6 pm. Saturdays, from 7:30 am to 11 am.
This Church dates from 1615.



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