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Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Photo of Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria
  • Photo of Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria
Photo of Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria
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This church’s facade is such a carefully decorated baroque masterpiece that it looks like it belongs in one of those miniature towns where everything is just a bit too perfect rather than on the living, breathing streets of Rio de Janeiro. Inside it’s got a neoclassical flavour which takes the baroque edge off like a sip of white rum.

The name of the church comes from the name of a ship. It was battling a storm when the crew promised that if they made it out alive they’d build a chapel as repayment – they did and they did in 1609. It was then gradually built on over the period of hundreds of years and the lifetimes of many architects until it was finally finished at around the beginning of the 20th Century. It’s unique because of the architectural blend.

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