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Sao Francisco Church and Covent

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Address: Praca Padre Anchieta, Salvador, State of Bahia 41810-830, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 71 3322 6430
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon 08:30 - 17:30
Tue 09:00 - 14:30
Wed - Sat 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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US$250.00*
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Private Full Day Tour of Salvador
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US$125.00*
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Private Guided Tour in Pelourinho

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A very spectacular church and convent

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 3 weeks ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.....

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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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is an amazing church with rich history. The paintings, the architecture, the drawings and the amount of gold are unbelievable. We were fortunate to have an English speaking guide who took us on an hour tour of the church.

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Thank merc8989
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is a 'must see' if visiting Salvador- the entire church is painted in gold leaf inside and there are many interesting historical features- including the frescos and tiles.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

After strolling around the Historical District of Pelourinho, I came across this remarkable church in Salvador. The whole of the inside interiors of the church was filled with intricate, gold encrusted details all over the walls, ceilings and pillars. Never have seen a church as truly beautiful as this one before. Would definitely recommend you pay it a visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Very beautiful church & annexed convent. Portguese tiles. Take a guide to undertand more to its importance in brazilian history.

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