While not unexpected in a country with many Catholics, this beachfront basilica is indeed worth a stop. The outside is a bit dark, with moss and humid weather conditioning, but the inside is somewhat impressive (not on an Italian scale though). There are six murals painted on the sides of the base of the arched ceiling (12 in total). Each has a beautiful Christian depiction (don't ask me what). The length of the chapel is impressive as well, at least half a block. When I visited (on a Friday) it appeared preparations were being made for a wedding (not many seemingly going to mass on a Friday or Saturday). Nonetheless a few (3) were praying in the front pews. I spent only 15-20 minutes, but it might be worth a few more. Enjoy if in Santos on the beach.
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