Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path Tips by MartaBotelho
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The hill where this little church sits on (called "Outeiro") used to have at it's feet the ocean. Later on in the 20th century the ocean gave roon to land and men constructed a whole area of gardens and roads right in front of the hill. The church was constructed from 1714 to 1739 and it represents a mixture of Final Rococo and Neoclassical styles. It has a peculiar shape of an hexagon very diferent from the cross shaped churches of the time. On the inside there is plenty of wood workand the Portuguese tiles panels cover all the walls. The tiles were done in Portugal by Maestro Valentim de Almeida and it's supposed to be a representation of a book called "The Chants of all Chants" for the exeption of the tiles in the Sacristy. Those represente bucolic cenes of the time. The tiles were in a very degradating state and the Fellowship of the Church granted the permission to perform a restoration. It took us more than a year but when we go inside now and see it finished it gives us the most incredible feeling of all!! Working in that restoration gave me the opportunity to learn all about the church and the tile manufacturing art. Please do visit this church!! The view is splendid from there and the arquitectural, wood and tile work is magnificent!!
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