The church museum was founded in 1939 ready for the church's bicentennial. It contains objects such as documents, plates, chalices, paintings and furniture previously used for celebrating mass and other religious ceremonies.
This beautiful small church lies on top of a small hill overlooking the marina and bay of Gloria, just south of Centro. Another church once stood here that was built in 1671 by hermit Antonio de Caminha. A more permanent church was then built in 1739. Inside the octaganol church are wonderful blue tiles that probably date back to 1735-40. The tiles depict scenes from the Song of Songs. The woodwork on the three altars dates back to the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th century whilst the pulpits are decorated with Portuguese stone dating from the second half of the 18th century. There is also a nice small museum across from the church which is worth a visit. More pictures can be found on one of my travelogues.
This church was started in 1716 but the facade (which I didn't get a picture of) was finished some 100 years later. This is where Dom Pedro I married Princess Leopoldina of Habsburg. It became the Imperial Chapel with Brazil's independence in 1822. The church holds the remains of Pedro Alvares Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil (the tombstone is on the aisle, near the sacristy).
A igreja Nossa senhora do Outeiro, foi uma das primeiras manifestacoes da arquitetura puramente brasileira, fugindo dos padroes portugueses
The Nossa Senhora do Outeiro church, was one of the first manifestation of tipically brasilian architecture, running away from the portueguese standarts
The hill where this little church sits on (called "Outeiro") used to have at it's feet the ocean. Later on in the 20th century the ocean gave roon to land and men constructed a whole area of gardens and roads right in front of the hill. The church was constructed from 1714 to 1739 and it represents a mixture of Final Rococo and Neoclassical styles. It has a peculiar shape of an hexagon very diferent from the cross shaped churches of the time. On the inside there is plenty of wood workand the Portuguese tiles panels cover all the walls. The tiles were done in Portugal by Maestro Valentim de Almeida and it's supposed to be a representation of a book called "The Chants of all Chants" for the exeption of the tiles in the Sacristy. Those represente bucolic cenes of the time. The tiles were in a very degradating state and the Fellowship of the Church granted the permission to perform a restoration. It took us more than a year but when we go inside now and see it finished it gives us the most incredible feeling of all!! Working in that restoration gave me the opportunity to learn all about the church and the tile manufacturing art. Please do visit this church!! The view is splendid from there and the arquitectural, wood and tile work is magnificent!!
Also on the Praca XV is this church which was once the Metropolitan Cathedral. It is built in a very typical Portugeuse architecture.