Across Rua 1 de Março from the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil  you can’t miss the monumental Igreja Nossa Senhora da Candelária (Praça Pio X, Centro, tel. 21/2233-2324, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–noon Sat., 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Sun., free), located on the site of Rio ’s first church. Begun in 1775, the present church took over 100 years to complete, which accounts for its eclectic mixture of baroque and Renaissance elements.
The interior is filled with a splendid and multihued array of marble, along with decorative elements such as doors made from finely wrought bronze. Ceiling panels recount the legend of the original church’s construction by a shipwrecked captain whose life was miraculously saved.