Convento de Santo Antônio
Built in the early 1600s to house Franciscan monks, the Convento de Santo Antônio (Largo da Carioca, Centro, tel. 21/2262-0129, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Mon. and Wed.–Fri., 6:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Tues., 8–11 a.m. and 4–6 p.m. Sat., 9–11 a.m. Sun., free) is one of Rio’s oldest surviving buildings. Although most of the church was modified, you can admire some baroque works and a splendid sacristy panel of blue-and-white Portuguese azulejos (ceramic tiles) illustrating the life of Santo Antônio.
Many of the convent’s paintings, sculptures, and ceramic tiles work are original, but to see them you’ll have to make an appointment.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition