Igreja do Rosário dos Homens Pretos (EN)

Created to accept the black population – then prohibited from attending other churches – the Brotherhood of the Black Men of São Paulo built its first temple in 1725, with funds donated by the black community, in the current Praça Antônio Prado. Due to the urbanization projects in the city, the church was demolished in the early 20th century, and the current version was erected at this location in 1906.

Curiosities:

– In October, the Festa do Rosário [Feast of the Rosary] is celebrated with a solemn mass, procession on the streets of downtown and ceremony for the exchange of crowns of the king and queen, reminiscent of the epiphany parades and congada cultural manifestations.

– Beside the church is the “Mãe Preta [Black Mother]” statue, installed in 1955, representing a black woman breastfeeding the white child, in memory of the wet nurses during the slave period. It became customary to place candles and offerings at her feet, like flowers, drinks, foods and requests in small pieces of paper.

– The Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Homens Pretos [Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Black Men] is part of the ‘Afro’ thematic tour. For further information, access www.cidadedesaopaulo.com or seek the nearest Tourist Information Center.

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Address: Largo do Paissandu, s/n – República.

Opening hours: Monday thru Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.