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Largo da Carioca 5 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20050-020, Brazil
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's located very near the city centre - from the outside, it looks like a plain building, but its insides are decked in gold with very intricate carvings. Definitely worth a visit for its unique design

Thank Balaji R
Reviewed 14 September 2018

Very interesting and not like any of the churches I've seen before. It was so decorated and really gaudy but worth a visit.

Thank SandyandLenny
Reviewed 12 May 2018

Lovely church and convent from the Franciscan times that has been finished in gold leaf... very impressive. Re built after the many invasions of Brazil. Well worth a visit and no charge.

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 7 May 2018

South America is 90-95% Catholic with beautiful churches and cathedrals in every city. There is so much gold in every facility with poor people visiting them. But when Portugal and Spain conquered South America, they were worshiping the sun god. He was always shining like...More

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 30 March 2018

A perfect example fo the Baroque architecture. Gold leaf coverings from floor to ceiling, beautifully preserved. I appreciate the historical value, but was just too much for me personally.

Thank Knarik G
Reviewed 11 March 2018

The church is inside a Museum and next to a plainer church. The entrance fee to the museum for a foreigner was R$10. The church is highly decorated with gold leaf and very striking.

Thank peterlondon91
Reviewed 22 January 2018

This is agorgeous church in the middle of Rio's busy business district. It's worth a look as the interior is very special.

Thank odinaldo
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This hidden gem is quite impressive, you won't be able to focus on anything because it's all so golden and overloaded, it's crazy beautiful! They charge a small fee to enter and it's usually empty, a wonderful place to visit if you are downtown!

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Reviewed 25 November 2016

I've got jaw dropped once I arrived in this chapel... it's plenty covered of Golden leaves and pieces, many of them sculpted by Aleijadinho's master, Francisco Xavier de Brito. You will find in the Franciscan Convent of Santo Antônio: three chapels, one of them is...More

Thank Tiago F
Reviewed 13 August 2016

I was astonished when I came upon this church. Never would I have imagined such a beautiful church in Rio. It's downtown in the Centro area which most tourist to Rio never go to, staying mostly in Copacabana and or Ipanema. If in Rio, I...More

Thank Daniel B
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Response from laloux | Reviewed this property |
There are no mass , Sao Francisco is a museum but however you can attend mass next door at the Santo Antonio church. On the right side of the wall you can see a little chapel which is in the Sao Francisco church/museum which... More
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