Mosteiro de São Bento
Constructed in 1600, the Mosteiro de São Bento is one of São Paulo's oldest buildings. Once inhabited by Indians, it is now home to over 40 Benedictine monks. The monastery has been renovated five times during its 400 years of existence and has a distinctive eclectic German style.
Among the church's most beautiful decorative pieces is an 18th century crucifix, a Portuguese image of Nossa Senhora da Conceição and a 17th century statue of the Virgin of Kasperovo brought over from Russia during the revolution. The Sunday mass, at 10am, with Gregorian singing is well worth a visit.
Largo São Bento s/n - Centro Tel: 2283633
Opening Hours: Daily from 5am to 8pm