Sao Francisco Church and Convent, Salvador

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 your Sao Francisco Church and Convent visit and explore what else you can see and do in Salvador using our Salvador trip maker website .
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  • I was delighted with the church, a visit unmissable, just found the entrance ugly, this needing urgent of a restoration
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  • It is really impressive, it is worth the visit (costs $5, but do not accept card and the employee was super rude to tell me that there was no change, only managed to enter because she was with a friend and he paid). I also liked the murals with lessons underneath, it's really fun and interesting.
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  • I was totally dazzled when I walked in, so much beauty comes together in one place, it's not to believe. Don't stop going!
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  • My time in Salvador was of learning, dancing and exploring. Amazing experience that I will certainly repeat.
  • This building was breathtaking. It holds a lot of history. To learn that enslaved Africans were who completed the work to make the cathedral as ornate and opulent as it is brought tears to my eyes. The main room is covered in gold. It is truly a sight to see.
  • A must see in Salvador. Opulently decorated church and beautiful cloister decorated with azuleios.
  • Give me GOLD! Wow! So impressive - you can understand why the Catholics used such opulence to convince and convert the non-believers because it is just as amazing as what it was a couple of hundred years when it was first built. In the main part of the church, just sit and be amazed but the splendid glory of Brazil’s former wealth.
  • The most beautiful church of the city. Totally recommend it. Even tho the cloister aint that good and they should take better care of it...the main room all golden covered is just amazing. It cost like a Euro only
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