Another Historic Attraction Recovered

28 May 2013

Church of Santo Antonio dos Pobres

untitledIts construction began in 1807 on the initiative of Antonio José de Souza Oliveira, who donated the land to the Venerable Brotherhood of St. Anthony of the Poor. In 1811 the  modest temple was inaugurated.  The church became  the matrix in 1854 when suffered the first restoration because  it was in bad conditions

The Parish of St. Antonio dos Pobres is located in the central area of Rio de Janeiro at Rua dos Inválidos and has 200 years old . Due to serious problems in its structure was closed for many year but fortunately on May 26th was reopened completely recovered.

Dom Orani Tempesta, archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, held the  Mass for the reopening of the church but first an organ concert was held  with  the organist, pianist and composer Alexandre Rachid. The instrument was built in 1953 by a German family.


The  works of restoration  were coordinated by the Instituto Rio Patrimonio da Humanidade, municipal agency responsible for the historical and cultural patrimony of the city, and included the recovery of all the images of the altars, the sacristy, the stained glasses, bells and structural reform  to fix cracks.

During the recovery  works, the workmen found in the center of the church , a hydraulic  floor tile from the earlier chapel dated  1834 in baroque style. The floor is exposed to visitors, who can watch it through a thick glass layer



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