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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  • August 15, 2017
    Is one of the cards and "point" cultural tourism of João Pessoa. ´ In the floor, are the Church and the chapel impactful. In this last, is the chapel matchmaker, where chic weddings of Jampa, however the most striking is the roof of this Chapel, all painted with whale oil, depicting angels, Saints, archangels and other religious figures. On the second floor, we have the sacred Museum with many religious and profane parts. There are also rooms with handmade parts and related historic curious Detail: On the back of that set, is the Franciscan convent, where we have the closures of priests and, it seems, even the Seminarians. IT WAS IN THIS ROOM THAT THE MAJOR MAURICIO DE NASSAU SIEGEN STAYED WHEN HE HAD TO GET AWAY FROM THE REEF, EXPELLED BY BRAZILIAN WINNERS OF THE ' WARS OF GUARARAPES ', THE BIGGEST HISTORICAL EVENT OF THE REPUBLICAN PATH OF BRAZIL
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  • August 9, 2017
    Wonderful place to visit, a lot of history involved with enough architectural beauty of the Church and the whole of your area.
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  • July 24, 2017
    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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  • July 18, 2017
    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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  • July 11, 2017
    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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  • June 22, 2017
    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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  • June 29, 2017
    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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