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. Add Convento de Sao Francisco and other attractions to your Olinda trip itinerary using our Olinda trip maker tool .
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  • Building in critical situation invaluable heritage guard conservation in tiles and other wooden parts, in addition to the own building itself. Unfortunate that the neglect with the revolutionary history Olinda still lasts. Worth the ride, the visit, but the whole sad.
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  • I liked the gift shop souvenirs, I found the fair price, is more escondidinha, if I'm not mistaken has some visitation rooms 8. Has the Portuguese tile in some rooms, very very very beautiful! A room carved in solid wood! A igrejinha in your interior, and a slab with sea view! unforgettable!
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  • Very interesting convent. No guide spoke english but some of the panels were in english. The azuelos are worth a visit.  more »
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  • Beautiful cloister. like traveling back in time.
  • The primitive Convent was built in 1585, with Fr. Francisco dos Santos, the first Franciscan establishment of Brazil. Consists of a set that includes the Church of Nossa Senhora das Neves, São Roque chapel (the oldest Chapel of the third order Secular in the country), the chapel of Santana, coated with tile panels and the cloister (with Portuguese tile panels 16 depicting the life and death of Francisco de Assis) and the sacristy. In these projects, highlights the work of Rico carved in wood from the ceiling, ceiling simply containing paintings of the 18th century. Its chancel conventual is part of the first primitive Church, designed before the fire caused by the Dutch in 1631. Currently, the Church features architectural elements rarely used in the region, such as the galilé and the arcade, originating in the churches of three ships. Complete the architectural ensemble, in front of the convent, a great cruise worked stones taken from the reef. Finally, a corridor flanked profane panels (with scenes of everyday life in the Court) leads to the sacristy, covered with tiles, with rosewood furniture worked and lining with mosaic of sacred paintings. In 1831, was installed on site the first public library in the State of Pernambuco.
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  • What a beautiful place! It's gratifying to know that being restored your façade and your cruise. To talk about the profusion of tiles on its walls. Are floor-to-ceiling panels, or frames with curvilineos caps. Another highlight is the ceiling of the chapel paintings forming several crates. No wonder, which is the largest collection of Portuguese tiles of Brazil. Unmissable!
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  • The construction of the convent and the surroundings are very beautiful! In my opinion it's the most beautiful set of the entire town, displacing up to the monastery of St. Benedict. The gold ornamentation and paintings are very harmonious, without leaving gaps or empty architecture spaces. Excellent visit.
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  • Impressive Monastery complex with unique atmosphere and beautifully preserved buildings. In the guidebooks, it is my opinion completely undervalued. This is perhaps just as well, because many visitors would possibly Interfere with the contemplative mood. If it is in Olinda, one should not miss a visit.
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