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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  • Nice ride! Route has tabs that don't charge a fixed price, but accept tips. The ride is Rico by architecture and religious ornamentation. There's a little bit of culture and local crafts and a privileged view of the Paraíba River.
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  • A visit to the history of Brazil and of Paraíba, having pleasant friendly explanation Guide. The Cultural Centre must be visited by every tourist who comes to Joao Pessoa! Sensational!
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  • This complex of 16 century impresses with your magnificence. Admission is $6.00 (in July 2017) but even paying cannot visit alone. Have to wait for the availability of an internal local guides. Strange.
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  • Historic place with many wonderful works of art. Go with time and not in a group. The guide was very distressed with so many people and all had to be very fast. Not allow could appreciate details.
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  • Is a place of great historical and artistic wealth. Details that make your eyes shine. For religious is very significant as well. Well worth a visit!
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  • Baroque architecture dated 1589. Ancient Franciscan monastery, during the story was occupied by the Dutch, served as a military outpost and the Fire Department, before being converted into a cultural centre.
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  • Interesting. Nice ride. Just be careful not to put you with a very large group at the time of the visit, you can see and hear nothing.
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As you'd expect, most of the accommodations in Joao Pessoa crowd around the eastern coastline, jostling for the best position to catch a glimpse of the morning sun. Of these areas, the beach neighborhoods of Cabo Branco Tambaú and Manaíra offer by far the best range of places to stay. In pleasant contrast to many of Brazil's other coastal cities, a restriction on high-rise buildings along the shorefront has helped the city retain its laid-back, natural feel. Consequently, most hotels are housed in smaller, unobtrusive buildings. You won't find a huge range of budget accommodations in the city, but if visiting in low season (March to November), you can bargain for as much as 40 percent off the regular price.
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