Convento de Sao Francisco, Olinda

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The most impressive characteristic of the Convento de Sao Francisco is its extensive inner decorations. All surfaces inside, including walls, pillars, vaults, and ceilings, are covered by golden sculptured gilt woodwork and paintings. The altar is decorated with golden birds and angels, and the vaults of the aisles are covered by wooden panels with paintings. The lower parts of main chapel walls are covered by blue-white tile panels that depict the scenes of the life of St.Francis of Assisi. The panels are imported from Portugal and the church is considered the most complete example of Baroque gilt woodwork art. A visit to Convento de Sao Francisco represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Olinda tour planner to plot your vacation.
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  • June 15, 2017
    What a treat! Highly recommend accepting the offer of a guide for a "contribution," it made the visit very interesting as I learned about the biblical stories. The monastery has seen better days but i...  more »
  • April 7, 2017
    Visit to be made with a lot of calm, to have opportunity to observe every detail of this jewel. Tiles of the season retained local and well taken care of! Detail: R$ 2.00 entry in April 2017.
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  • March 30, 2017
    The location is very nice, but unfortunately lack decorum of visitors when visiting Churches and places linked to religion.
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  • April 9, 2017
    The convent of San Francisco was the most beautiful place that I visited in Olinda. I was recently and was open to the public. The chapels and sacred art objects are spectacular. A magical place and amazing with an indescribable energy. Recommend and plan to go back soon.
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  • May 31, 2017
    The most beautiful church of Olinda. Obligatory passage for those who want to know the city.
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  • February 1, 2017
    Beautiful place! The Franciscan friars take good care of the place, but it needs a large, mainly in the Portuguese tiles, which are in the cloister.
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  • April 22, 2017
    The best views of Olinda are from this convent. It is very cute.
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  • August 2, 2017
    Historic convent and perhaps the most beautiful of Olinda.
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In keeping with the city's quaint heritage and architecture, most of the accommodations in Olinda are small, family-run inns or private rentals. This generally keeps prices low, with plenty of budget options available, although during carnival time expect to pay triple the usual rate on almost any inn or hotel in town. The old-town neighborhood of Carmo, with its proximity to many of the best attractions in Olinda, offers by far the highest concentration of places to stay and allows you to immerse yourself in the charming surroundings. Look along the city's northern coast to find several good beachside hotels where you can relax and find easy access to the water.
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