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The Candelaria Church ( Portuguese: Igreja Nossa Senhora da Candelaria ) is an important historical church in dowtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that combines a Baroque facade with a Neoclassical and Neo-Renaissance inner decoration - it is a Latin cross church with a dome over the transept. The main facade shows Baroque influences in the design of the windows, doors, and towers, as well as Neoclassical influences in the bi-dimensionallity of the facade and the triangular pediment. The facade contrasts the dark granite of windows, columns and other elements with whitewashed wall segments, a typical characteristic of colonial churches in Rio. The nave has three aisles and a main chapel in the apse. The whole ensemble seems inspired by the church of the Convent of Mafra and in the Estrela Basilica of Lisbon, both in Portugal.