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Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church (Igreja Sao Francisco da Penitencia) Tours

Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church (Igreja Sao Francisco da Penitencia)
In a city as grand as Rio de Janeiro, it’s perhaps surprising that a small church is one of its most captivating sights. Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church (Igreja São Francisco da Penitência) is known for its dazzling gold interiors. Dating from 1726, it is also one of Brazil’s oldest churches and a shining example of baroque style in the middle of modern Rio.
 
The Basics
Given its small size, Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church does not take long to visit, so it is easy to stop by while exploring downtown Rio de Janeiro. If you’d like to visit with a guided tour, look for downtown walking tours focused on Rio’s historic attractions; these tours typically also include stops at the nearby Theatro Municipal and Monastery Church of Santo Antonio. You can also visit on a customized private tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church is a must-visit for those with an interest in architecture and religious history.
  • There is a small admission fee.
  • Next door, the Convento de Santo Antonio contains the chapel of Nossa Senhora das Dores da Imaculada Conceicao.
  • A garden on the grounds leads to the catacombs, used until 1850. Visits must be arranged in advance.
 
How to Get There
The church is located in Rio’s downtown Centro district within walking distance of many other attractions, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Carioca Aqueduct. The nearest Metro station is Sete de Setembro (Line 1), a short walk away.
 
When to Get There

The Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church is open Tuesday through Friday, from 9am to 4pm. To enjoy the interiors in relative peace, try to come soon after opening.
 
The Dazzling Interiors
Critics say that the opulent church runs contrary to the beliefs of its namesake, since Saint Francis of Assisi would never have commissioned a church that’s drizzled in gold. Regardless of historical accuracy, however, the fact remains this historic church is a brilliant sight to behold, from the altar made of jacaranda to the blue tiles, specifically imported from Portugal, that line the chapel vestibules.
Address: Rua da Carioca - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Admission: Varies
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Rio Walking & Historical Tour

Rio Walking & Historical Tour

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Visit Rio's highlights and landmarks on foot during a small-group sightseeing tour. Ride the subway downtown and follow your 'carioca' (Rio native) guide on a walk that includes Rio's most important historical and cultural sites. Visit National Museum of Fine Arts, Theatro Municipal, the Monastery Church of Santo Antônio, Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência and several other important landmarks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$34,50
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US$34,50
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Rio de Janeiro Experience Day Tour

Rio de Janeiro Experience Day Tour

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Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro during this 6-hour tour covering some of the most famous sights in this Brazilian metropolis. Get up close and personal with the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue during an early morning visit, skipping most of the usual crowds. Then admire the intricate tile work of the Selaron Steps and explore the unique history of Rio’s downtown, visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral, a famous pastry shop, Municipal Theater and more, before finishing your day at the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. A guide and round-trip hotel transport are also included.
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  • 7 hours
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US$43,61
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Rio's Essential Sights: Half-Day Private Tour – Optional Airport & Port Pick-ups

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Rio's Essential Sights: Half-Day Private Tour – Optional Airport & Port Pick-ups

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Take a guided tour around Rio de Janeiro and get to discover the beauties of this marvelous city. Have an overview of its most significant sights in the company of an expert tour guide who will escort you in your tour expedition, providing an interpreting service along the way. Visit Rio's most important touristic sights like the Christ the Redeemer statue combining with a short sightseeing through historical downtown area, beaches of Ipanema, Copacabana and many other attractions at your convenience. The itinerary can be totally customizable according to your personal preferences to create the best Rio’s experience. This tour is good for those who don't have much time available, but want to have a short summary of town.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$101,70
US$113,00
US$11,30 savings
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US$101,70
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6-hour Classic Rio de Janeiro

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6-hour Classic Rio de Janeiro "Private City Tour" – Optional For Airport Pick-up

Take a guided tour around Rio de Janeiro and get to discover the beauties of this marvelous city. Have an overview of its most significant sights in the company of an expert tour guide who will escort you in your tour expedition, providing an interpreting service along the way. Visit Rio's most important touristic sights like Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains along with the Christ the Redeemer statue, combining with a short sightseeing through historical downtown area, beaches of Ipanema, Copacabana and many other attractions at your convenience. This tour is designed to be totally flexible featuring a broad range of possible sights to see, activities to do or topics to explore in Rio de Janeiro based on your interests and available time. The itinerary can be totally customizable according to your personal preferences to create the best Rio’s experience.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$110,70
US$123,00
US$12,30 savings
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

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Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$120,00
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US$120,00
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Full and Private River Tour / The Whole Rio Private Tour

Full and Private River Tour / The Whole Rio Private Tour

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The most complete private tour of TripAdvisor and Viator! Come experience what Rio has for unforgettable in this personalized and customizable tour of 9 hours! Come and visit the most impressive sights of Rio, and its unique monuments, such as: Cristo Redentor, Monastery of São Bento, Sugar Loaf and its most famous attractions. This personalized VIP tour with guide driver offers the best of Rio and can be adapted to the desire and will of the passenger. The only excursion that includes boarding at any hotel in Rio, ports and free transfer from the national or international airport at the beginning and / or end of the tour. Depending on the length of time spent visiting a particular attraction, waiting times in queues for access, the tour may have the script adjusted. The duration of the excursion is 8 hours + 1 hour of lunch or rest.
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  • 9 hours
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US$387,03
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US$387,03
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Historic River Walking Tour

Historic River Walking Tour

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Rio de Janeiro's history and architecture mix on this tour, with a detailed description of the places that will make you fall in love with another facet of this city. All this with the ease of transportation in an air-conditioned SUV and accompanied by your driver-driver in places where walking is required.
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  • 5 hours
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US$145,00
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US$145,00
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Rio Historical Walking Tour

Rio Historical Walking Tour

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Get to know Rio de Janeiro's historic center and discover the secrets of its ancient alleys! Get to know the famous cinelândia, the most baroque church in Rio de Janeiro, thrills with its architecture and the most famous confectionery of the city! In this exciting city tour, you will walk through the history of Rio de Janeiro, from the arrival of the Portuguese in the city to the transformation into the Olympic city. Follow us and check it out for yourself!
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  • 3 hours
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US$37,91
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Food Tour Experience in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private)

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Food Tour Experience in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private)

If you love travelling and you love food, you will love this tour. Brazil is an enormous tropical country and its gastronomy is an explosion of flavors. This tour is a depth immersion in Brazilian culinary and it is also a lovely way of exploring the city of Rio de Janeiro. In the company of a licensed guide, you will visit farmers markets, traditional restaurants and bars only known by the locals. The tour guide will be very informative about art, history, culture and the architecture of the neighbourhoods. The menu includes traditional food such as: Tapioca crepes and cheese bread ( both gluten-free ), açai, café, cachaça, caipirinha, pastel, coxinha, brigadeiro, sweets and cakes, sugarcane juice, Brazilian nuts, fruits, juices and craft beer. You can also choose one typical meal. This menu varies a little depending on the places visited . We also have options for vegetarians. This tour is in small groups, (no more than 10 people). We will walk and use public transportation.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$72,00
US$80,00
US$8,00 savings
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US$72,00
US$80,00
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