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Sao Francisco Church and Convent, Salvador
(4.7/5 based on 4,800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This church is well preserved and is very beautiful. You pay a small fee to enter, it is worth knowing, with cultural and religious richness. Recommend.
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  • Spectacular. The Church of St. Antonio in Tiradentes, MG is beautiful but this is superior in gold, ornaments, Medeiros, Portuguese azulejis. A closer look at the human ability to create art. ...
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  • Wonderful tiles, a stunning altar leaving any one of Chin fell. The Church is full of details. Very beautiful!
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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.
  • Linda!