Cultural Center Sao Francisco, Joao Pessoa

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Cultural Center Sao Francisco is located within a complex of religious buildings, including the Church of St. Francis, the Convent of St. Anthony, several smaller chapels, a cloister, and a fountain, which together constitute one of the most remarkable examples of Brazilian Baroque architecture. Inside the church, make sure to look up, as it features several magnificent painted ceilings, including the Glorification of the Franciscan Saints, which uses perspective to create the illusion of 3D depth. Many hours could be lost admiring the beautiful buildings alone, but today the cultural center is also home to a gallery-museum of folk art, a museum of sacred art pieces of various origins, the Stone Gallery--dedicated to the history of the buildings--, several exhibition and events spaces, a restoration center, and a library. Whether your interests are architecture, art, history, or religion, Cultural Center Sao Francisco is an essential visit if you are in João Pessoa. Use our Joao Pessoa itinerary planner to add Cultural Center Sao Francisco and other attractions to your Joao Pessoa vacation plans.
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  • History, architecture and natural beauties, gathered in this place. One of the main points of interest gives city of Joao Pessoa. For those who like history of Brazil, is a great place because the Church dates from 1579 beginning of the discovery and the works are in perfect condition. Not to mention that when you're inside the Church, you lose. Have the guides accompanying the tourists and explain about td. Well worth visiting the Historic Centre.
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  • Account with a guide that helps on the sidewalk by the Church and permanent exhibitions of the place. A must for lovers of folk art and history!
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  • Is very good! Did the tour of the second time and was also wonderful, the altar in "baroco" others in "Rococo" the story is beautiful, the paintings on the ceiling in "3D". We paid a small fee of 6 reais (Jan/2017) and thanks a lot.
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  • Simplesmente um fantástica viagem pela história do Brasil e de João Pessoa, para os amantes da arte é um vislumbre ver tanta obra em um só lugar, em resumo: FANTÁSTICO, é um passeio que jamais pode ficar de fora do roteiro do viajante, a entrada é baratíssima.
  • Um lugar de arquitetura incrível. Podemos realmente viajar no tempo e reviver o passado. Para os turistas este é um espaço que não se pode deixar de visitar! Recomendo.
  • Rico conjunto arquitetônico do barroco tropical brasileiro. Embora seja tombado, ficamos tristes em constatar o pouco caso que nossas autoridades têm para com o nosso rico patrimônio arquitetônico. Mas, apesar das dificuldades, ainda é possível ver e admirar esta beleza histórica. Vale a pena visitar.