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Capela Dourada
Rua do Imperador Dom Pedro II 206
Santo Antonio
081 3224 0530

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The Golden Chapel is aptly named. The altar is a two-story arch of jacaranda and cedar, all gilt with gold. Christ hangs on a golden cross with gold and silver rays shining out behind his head. The chapel is part of a Franciscan complex that includes a small sacred art museum with a few nice pieces of gold and silver work.

Also worth a look is the Church of the Ordem Terceiro de São Francisco. One wall of this church is decorated with a rather disturbing oil painting showing Franciscan monks getting crucified. Someone else obviously took a dislike to it; the face of every soldier has been scraped away. Don't miss the church archives behind the altar. The cabinets are 12 feet high and made of solid jacaranda and gorgeous craftsmanship.

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