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Igreja de Sao Francisco, Guimaraes

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Igreja de Sao Francisco is located in Guimaraes. Take a look at our Guimaraes trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Igreja de Sao Francisco and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Any tour of Portugal will inevitably include a visit to at least one of the countless churches found throughout the city. Before you reach your fill be sure to see this particular church while in Guim...  more »
  • If you are wandering around go in and look at this church but there is nothing spectacular...just another large church.  more »
  • we were welcomed by the priest, making the visit and explinations for us in french and I received a holy postcard of St Francisco as gift! Never forget this moment! The churche is beautifully decorate...  more »
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  • Church and convent with various changes in time. Beginning of construction of the present volume dates back to the year 1400. Property classified in the public interest.
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  • The history of the Franciscan order in Guimarães dates back to 1217, in the reign of d. Afonso III when he arrived to the village Friar Walter, a missionary sent to Portugal to introduce this mendicant order in the country. After a first period very precarious, the Franciscans of Guimarães settled in 1271 in hostels located along the walls of the village, on which they built a convent. In these early days the friars entered often in conflict with the Collegiate Church of Guimarães, who tried to prevent the installation of the order in the village.
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Where to stay in Guimaraes

As one of Portugal's biggest tourist cities and home to a wealth of historical buildings and other sites, Guimaraes boasts a wide array of options for accommodations ranging from extensive boutique hotels to basic youth hostels. To place yourself right in the midst of the action, check into a hotel or guesthouse in the town's medieval center, which reflects a multitude of different architectural styles that have earned it a place on the World Heritage List. Note, however, that with this popularity comes a higher pricetag. To keep costs down, try staying in the residential areas south of the center, which still provide quick access by foot or public transportation to the main sights.
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