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Sao Francisco Church and Convent, Salvador

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Built between 1708 and 1723, Sao Francisco Church and Convent is celebrated for its exuberant interior decoration including an important repository of Baroque art. As you approach the façade, you'll see a large stone cross and volute columns influenced by Mannerist architecture. Inside, all the walls, pillars, vaults, and ceilings are covered by golden sculptures made from gilt woodwork and ornate paintings. Blue and white tiles called azulejo depicting scenes from the life of St Francis of Assisi cover the lower parts of the walls in the main chapel and transept. The Portuguese-Brazilian Baroque gilt woodwork that you'll see in this church is a perfect example of igreja dourada, or "golden church." Plan to visit Sao Francisco Church and Convent and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Salvador attractions using our Salvador trip builder.
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Where to stay in Salvador

The majority of accommodations in Salvador fall into three distinct groupings. If you want to be close to the best historical attractions, stay in or near the old town of Pelourinho, a few minutes from the city's west-facing coastline. This also puts you in the heart of Salvador's tourist-driven nightlife. Your second option is to stay at the southwestern tip of the city, in the neighborhood of Barram, where you'll have instant access to one of Salvador's favorite beaches. Finally, look a bit farther afield to Rio Vermelho, a quieter beachside neighborhood facing south.
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  • Great if you take an tour guide. the place´s history is fantastic, full of very good details. much more to see than you expect>  more »
  • The church is very beautiful, very golden. According to tour guides, it is the church that contains more gold than any other in Brazil. It's worth visiting.  more »
  • What can I say that hasn't been said? All the hundreds of carvings are covered in gold leaf. They're not in particularly good repair, but still ornate. The church is built in "colonial style" and fini...  more »
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  • You won't believe it until you get in there. The walls covered in gold shows off the baroque style and the opulence of the Catholic church. I'd strongly recommend hiring a guide for explaining the impressive painting in the entrance ceiling.
  • An extraordinary piece of architecture lined with stunning gold all throughout the interior, this church is quite stunning to look at. Located in the Pelourinho area of Salvador it is a must see for anyone visiting the city. You don't have to be of any particular faith to simply admire the beauty of this great location.
  • Beautiful gilded woodwork all over the interior. Calm and not many visitors at the time. Entry price was five real. Enjoyed it.
  • A beautiful church in the finest Portuguese baroque tradition. Covered with 900kg of Gold. An amazing example of colonial architecture, but this church would still be pretty special even in Europe.
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