Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro

Historical places

Doni Clemons

Rio de JaneiroBrazil


Historically significant, and over-the-top beautiful, Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, was once the most important cathedral in Rio. Before the Metropolitain Cathedral was completed in 1976, Old Cathedral, once called the Imperial Chapel, was the official patron saint church of Rio, Archdiocese оf São Sebastião dо Rio de Janeiro. Though the title has changed guard, nothing can replace the history of Old Cathedral. The church was founded by the Carmelite Order in 1590. And as years passed they made the church more and more elaborate, adding oval paintings of the Apostles by painter José Leandro de Carvalho to the walls. And extravagant gold-hued Rococo (late Baroque) woodwork by Inácio Ferreira Pinto, one of the best at the time. By the time of the arrival of the Portuguese, they designated the chapel as the official Imperial Palace. This was the site of almost all the major events of the court including the signing of the constitution of the empire, weddings, funerals, and baptism of royal officials. In fact, the only Christian coronations in South America to date, took place in this church.

R. Dom Gerardo, 68 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20090-030, Brazil

Nearest station: Estação Uruguaiana