Church and Monastery of Sao Bento

Church and Monastery of Sao Bento, Olinda

Church and Monastery of Sao Bento

Church and Monastery of Sao Bento
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belleretraite
Montreal, Canada7,963 contributions
One of the reasons why Olinda is a UNESCO World Heritage site .
Dec. 2018 • Friends
This beautiful complex of Church and Monastery is in excellent condition and it is part of the monuments in Olinda included in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1982 ! The interior is dazzling ! Like many churches and religious buildings , this complex dates from the XVIII century and is still in operation !
Written 8 February 2019
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Hilton D
Swansea, UK35 contributions
Historic church
Oct. 2018 • Couples
Olinda is just great to wander around churches and there is more than one all can be accessed by walking which is great mornings are best due to the heat in the afternoon
Written 22 October 2018
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,411 contributions
of the order of St.Benedict
Nov. 2017 • Solo
At the end of the Rua de Sào Bento in the Varadouro quarter of Olinda one will find the big complex of the 'Mosteiro de Sào Bento' with the comparatively not very big church in its right hand corner and with just one small tower. In the then popular baroque style it was built during a period of about hundred years between 1660 and 1760, after the first church here had burnt down.

To visit the interior of the church - the only part of the monastery open to the public - one should come during the week, to be able to look in peace at all the details, especially at the gilded altar. The charm of a Sunday visit after 10am is to be able to listen to Gregorian chanting in the then usually fully packed basilica, to which it had been elevated by Pope John Paul II.
Written 18 October 2018
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Fabio Ramos
Santo Andre, SP242 contributions
Beatiful Church
Sep. 2018 • Friends
Beatiful scenario with detail in Gold and the father praying durinho the visit. If you Go to Olinda must pass in this place.
Written 20 September 2018
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blaabjerge
Fredericia, Denmark57 contributions
Small Church
Jul. 2018 • Family
Planned visit to Olinda and had the church on our most see. Decorations inside where nice, but church was very small. Visit did not take more than 10 min. Beggars at entry and annoying people wanting to do guided tours. Noting for kids.
Written 28 July 2018
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Robson M
31 contributions
Heaven on Earth
Apr. 2018 • Family
Each of Olindas churches has amazing stories to tell, linking past and present. This Church has an amazing peacefull atmosphere and the golden decor is a jaw dropping, i just love it
Written 28 May 2018
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960maartenr
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso248 contributions
Impressive altar
Apr. 2018 • Couples
The church and convent in Olinda is well preserved and boasts a very beautiful altar with lots of detailed ornaments bathing in gold.
Written 9 April 2018
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elenavoyages
Nogent-le-Rotrou, France61 contributions
Beautiful church
Dec. 2017 • Couples
Nice church with a specificity : when you enter there, turn back and over look on the 2nd level...You'll see the Christ on the cross like he is showing you his back, quite unusual but has its explanation : he was there for the slaves who where not allowed to enter the nave. So he is not turning his back but he is presented to the poorest.
Written 17 December 2017
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MariaCFC
Palm Coast, FL254 contributions
Beautiful
Sep. 2016 • Couples
This church is not very pretty outside but it is very very pretty inside. For my surprise the bells still work and actually they were ring the bells while I was there and there was also a service going on while I was visiting this church. You don't pay to visit this church. In my opinion this church has the most beautiful inside in all the churches I visited in Olinda. I recommend a visit inside this church for people that like history.
Written 5 May 2017
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660Travels
New York City, NY14 contributions
Authentic experience of Brazilian Catholicism
Apr. 2017 • Couples
We are two Canadians who are not religious, but happened to be visiting Olinda on a Sunday and were told it was worth attending a service at the monastery to hear the music.

The music (Gregorian chanting) was beautiful, but the acoustics were not as impressive as we had expected.

The altar is beautiful and if you watch, you will see bats swooping around at the top of it. It rained during the mass and the ceiling did leak a little. The place is in some state of disrepair, but beautiful despite this. Luckily the rain brought a cool breeze in. It was quite warm so I would strongly advise taking water with you. There were people with coolers selling water outside.

Mass started at 10am and lasted well over an hour. Many people arrived throughout the service and quietly entered the pews, which did not seem to be a problem. People did not leave though so I would plan to be there for the entire service. We were able to find an appropriate time to leave when many people stood to receive communion. This was over an hour into the service.

People were wearing sleeveless dresses, shorts and sandals and were generally relatively casually dressed. Some people had collared shirts and dresses on.

The service was (as expected) entirely in Portuguese, but easy enough to follow for anyone who has attended church before. There was a collection and most people gave small bills, though many gave nothing.

Many of the people there seemed to be Brazilian tourists, marvelling at the architecture and taking photos before the mass started.

Overall this was a very beautiful and authentic experience of Brazilian Catholicism in a beautiful building.

Written 2 April 2017
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