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Sao Francisco Church and Convent

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Address: Praca Padre Anchieta, Salvador, State of Bahia 41810-830, Brazil
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+55 71 3322 6430
09:00 - 17:30
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One of the most spectacular churches in the world, this famous church is...

One of the most spectacular churches in the world, this famous church is richly adorned inside with gold, silver and precious stones and has ceiling art that has been compared to that of the Sistine Chapel.

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Pure Gold

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.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Santa Maria, RS
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Santa Maria, RS
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Joaobatista20
Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 finished in the mid 1700s. The alter is magnificent and the cloister has 37 blue and white large tiled mosaics from Portugal. If you're in... More 

Thank David A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonder example of the best in baroque churches in Brazil. Beautifully maintained. Docents were available to guide visitors if wanted. We chose to go around by ourselves and were given an explanatory leaflet in English which gave the history of the church.

Thank ruth C
Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A historic protected structure by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage. It is an important sample of Baroque art, but the most important characteristic of the church is its fabulous inner decoration, mostly executed in the first half of the 18th century. All surfaces inside - walls, pillars, vaults and ceilings - are covered by golden sculpted gilt... More 

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The main Cathedral is closed because of renovation, but Church San Francisco (St. Francis), is open (but they CHARGE about $2 US for a church) but truly spectacular. St Francis is the most eclectic decorated church we have ever seen in the new world or in Europe (but yet something like what we have seen in Thailand). The style of... More 

Thank Tommy599
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

lovely church - with significant historical significance. Make sure to stroll the entire courtyard with the ancient Portugues tiles - I only hope they are restored before the environment destorys them.

Thank 3littleladies
Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 423 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This over-the-top Church is simplicity itself in the courtyard where gracious colonnades are complemented with hand-made blue tiles imported from Portugal when the church and convent were being constructed at the beginning of the 18th Century (although it took many decades to complete). Inside, however, the rich and highly ornate gilt carved wood is both dazzling and somewhat overwhelming. The... More 

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Punta del Este, Uruguay
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

48 paintings in the sacristy, bible scenes, wood, tile, paintings, all are here. Get the flyer from the desk as you go in.

Thank Pepperjackm
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Church was gorgeous and in original condition. A must see while you are visiting Salvador. We were able to see quite a bit within 1.5 hours!

Thank Christien H
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

The São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador is situated in the historical centre of Salvador. São Francisco) is located in the historical centre of Salvador and they are among the most important colonial buildings in Brazil. The first church and convent was built by the Franciscan monks soon after they arrived in the country in the 16th Century. The... More 

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