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Igreja da Candelária, Rio de Janeiro

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Contact: +55 21 2233 2324
Open Hours: M-F 7:30a-4p, Sa 8a-noon, Su 9a-1p
With its imposing façade and baroque style, Nossa Senhora da Candelária or Igreja da Candelária in Praça Pio X is impossible to ignore. It took almost ninety years to build and was finally completed in 1898, and is Rio's largest church. Just as impressive, the interior is a colourful mixture of marble sculpted columns, altars and statues. Also, the dome features impressive paintings by João Zeferino da Costa depicting the Christian virtues.