Igreja da Boa Morte (EN)

It was built in 1810, of rammed earth and adobe, on a hill near the city entry point. From there one could see who was arriving from the cities of Santos (through Ipiranga district) and Rio de January (through Brás district); when authorities were sighted, the bells of the church tolled welcome. Thus, it has become known as the “good news church.” Inside the church, we can see Baroque and Rococo style carvings.


– The Irmandade de Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte [Order of our Lady of Good Death] was founded in 1728, having the main characteristic of admitting people from all social classes, without distinction. It was on the benches of this church that whites and blacks sat together for the first time.

– The name of the church is related to the fact that slaves who were sentenced to death at the former Largo da Forca [Gallows Square] (today Largo da Liberdade [Freedom Square]) entered there to ask Our Lady for a good (peaceful) death.

– When its bells tolled, announcing the arrival of authorities, other bells also used to do the same.

– The arrival of Dom Pedro to São Paulo, after the Proclamation of Independence, was announced by the bells of this church.

– The Igreja Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte [Our Lady of Good Death Church] is part of the ‘Afro-Brazilian’ and ‘Brazilian Independence’ thematic itineraries. For further information, access www.cidadedesaopaulo.com or seek the nearest Tourist Information Center.


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Address: Rua do Carmo, 202 – Sé

Opening hours: open daily, 24 hours.

Mass schedule: Sunday at 6 p.m. ; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 05:30 p.m. ; Friday at 11 a.m. and 05: 30 p.m. ; Saturday at 3 p.m.