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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  • The Church itself itself is worth a visit. The style of construction, his Franciscan past, the Church is all carved in gilded Church say ouro¨ as they say, seems to live in each space that is visited. A place of prayer and history that deserves the guided tour not to be missed detail of the Portuguese tiles brought from Europe and armed in America.Se pay a small entry
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  • Very nice visit this place! They have a collection of clothes, furniture, miscellaneous objects from the time of the Empire. The Church has a fantastic architecture, really beautiful. You can also see hand-painted tiles brought from Portugal. A good option for those who like to learn a little about the history of Brazil.
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  • visit not to be missed-the Chapel is definitely the most interesting but look carefully at the ceramics
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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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