The São Bento Monastery in Rio de Janeiro is a true treasure
not usually on visitor´s radar.
Founded in 1590 the construction of the monastery started in 1617 and
construction of the church started in 1633.
Address of the Monastery: Rua Dom Gerardo, 68. Centro, Rio de Janeiro.
Open Mon-Fri 07.00-12.00 / 14.00-18.00
Traditional masses are 09.30 on Sundays
Connected to the monastery is "Colégio de São
Bento" which is a Benedictine school for boys with a history
that dates back 150 years.
to the Monastery
Easiest way to get to downtown is by Metro to stations Cinelandia
To start a general tour of the city - best station to stop will
The closest station to the monastery is Carioca station.
To get to the Monastery you have
to follow the street "Rua primeiro de março"
until the end where you turn to the left following the street
"Rua Dom Gerardo".
If you are walking you can enter in building number 40, where
you can take the elevator or the stairs up to the monastery.
If it is closed there or if you arrive by Car or Minivan you
enter to the right in the gate for number 68 which is the street
number for the monastery. From there you get to the parking
area in front of the church which has toilet and facilitated access for
people using wheelchair.