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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
08:30 - 17:30
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
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Tue 09:00 - 14:30
Wed - Sat 09:00 - 17:30

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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Quite a jewel!

The architecture impresses the visitors. The images of the saints are also marvelous. The church as a whole invites you to meditate and pray.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The architecture impresses the visitors. The images of the saints are also marvelous. The church as a whole invites you to meditate and pray.

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Shrewsbury, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This church stands out from many others because of the gorgeous tiled courtyard - the tiles are pictures that describe a virtue or vice and the absolutely stunning sanctuary. It is a must visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to pretty much all churches in Rome, yet can't remember one with so much gold inside. It really makes for some beautiful pics.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is not what you expect of a Franciscan convent devoted to work and prayer in poverty and chastity, but when the monks came to Brazil they lost most of their ideals, acquired African slaves, native concubines, discovered gold and the result is this church. The wood carvings are made by natives, African slaves and craftsmen from other Portuguese colonies... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

This church doesn't look much from inside as there are much nicer church facades in Salvador, but the beauty of this religious building is on the inside, the convent is plastered with individual and different tiles in a Dutch Portuguese style and the inside of the proper church is absolutely covered in gold leaf from top to bottom with very... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

San Francisco church is found in thr historic Pelorinho area of Salvador.From outside it will look like a plain church but inside will draw your breath away.Normally there is a small fee but if you are visiting when there is a service the doors will be open and you can see it free.

Thank ThomasUnitedKingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Absolutely a place to visit when you Get to Salvador. Is really a piece of art all The porugheise woodwork and ceramic is something unique.....

Thank FabioBonini
Salvador, BA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This church will take your breath away when you walk inside. Does not take long to see it, approx. 1 hour. In the heart of Pelourinho, the old city, easy to find.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

An incredible example of a church. The architecture is very ornate and well preserved given the age. Certainly take the tour for the full experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This church was absolutely amazing - I have never seen so much gold in one place. If you are in Salvador, this is a MUST see! Pictures do not do it justice.

Thank Kyotonigel

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