Sao Bento Monastery, Rio de Janeiro

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The Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat (Portuguese: Abadia de Nossa Senhora do Monserrate), more commonly known as the Mosteiro de São Bento (Monastery of St. Benedict), is a Benedictine abbey located on the Morro de São Bento (St. Benedict Hill) in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Mannerist style church is a primary example of Portuguese colonial architecture in Rio and the country.

The abbey was founded by Benedictine monks who came from the state of Bahia in 1590. It is still operational today, along with the Colégio de São Bento (St. Benedict College) nearby. The college, established in 1858, is one of the most important traditional educational establishments in Brazil and claims many famous alumni. The abbey includes the Faculdade de São Bento (St. Benedict Seminary), with courses in theology and philosophy that are recognized by the Ministry of Education. Theological studies at the monastery are also affiliated with the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome.

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  • What a gorgeous monestary . This is certainly worth your time in Rio .The gold in this monastery is absolutely breathtaking ! Please make time to visit this working monastery when you are in Rio.  more »
  • This perfect little jewel was one of the stops on our all day tour. It was magnificent. We were fortunate enough to be there as they were having a service. It was really neat to be able to...  more »
  • This is a place where you can see the ancient love for God demonstrated by the brazilians. There is many elements from Germany there, because of the reform made by the Abbey of Beuron many years ago.
  • Amazing place to visit. Our guide took us there and we would never see it if he was not so good guide.

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