The style and art of a church often depends on the level of prosperity in society at the time the church was being designed and built, as well as the relationship of the church to royalty at the time. Most of the churches we visited in Rio were built in the 17th and 18th centuries, a period of Portuguese royal rule.
Church of N.S. da Candelaria
But as I admired the splendor all around me, even felt calm and peaceful within the walls of the sanctuary, I also couldn’t help but wonder: if a major role of the church is charity, how can such opulence be accepted?
Trees outside Sao Bento Monastery