"Nossa Senhora da Antiga Sé" Downtown Tip by MM212

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Officially called Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Antiga Sé, this important church was once the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro. It shed the title in 1976, when the new modern Catedral Metropolitana was completed. The actual church dates from 1716, but construction continued for two centuries. The façade was completed only in 1822 and the tower was rebuilt in 1905. It was originally part of the Carmelite Convent, hence the name, but became the royal chapel in 1808 when the Portuguese monarch arrived in Brazil, and then turned into the imperial chapel in 1822 when Brazil became an independent empire. The church sits adjacent to another church, Nossa Senhora da Ordem Terceira do Carmo

Address: Rua Primeiro de Março/Praça 15 de Novembre, CENTRO

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  • Updated Jan 29, 2009
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