Housed in one of Brazil’s oldest churches, the Jesuit Sacred Art Museum is small but filled with history. The church, Nossa Senhora do Rosário was built in 1690 and is representative of many Catholic churches constructed by the Portuguese at this
time, with its simple, white exterior and windows in neat blue frames.
The interior has an intricately decorated altar and some items used by priests centuries ago like candlesticks, crosses and religious scriptures. It holds an impressive collection of religious artifacts and baroque pieces, some dating as far back as the 17th century. This includes paintings of angels, saints, and biblical characters portrayed in various mediums, like woodcarvings, terracotta sculptures and paintings in ornate gilded frames. Another highlight is an 18th-century organ, the second oldest in Brazil.
The Jesuit Sacred Art Museum is located at Largo dos Jesuítas, 67 in the historic center of Embu das Artes in the state of São Paulo. It is open Tuesday–Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is R$8 for adults and R$4 for students.