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Sao Francisco Church (Igreja de S Francisco)

Rua do Infante D. Henrique, Porto 4050-297, Portugal
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Ranked #9 of 65 attractions in Porto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: São Francisco Church The São Francisco Church is located at Largo de São Francisco. The convent was constructed between 1383 and 1825. Today only its... more »
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Tucson
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176 reviews 176 reviews
94 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Built in the 14th century, this deconsecrated church underwent a major make-over in the 18th century, when the eyeball blinding gold covering was added to just about every part of this Gothic survivor. Below the church is a small museum where ancient bones are stored in the ossario. The outside of this rather plain-looking church in no way gives any... More

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Montebello, NY
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27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

You really get the sense of the age and history of Portugal visiting these older Churches. This one is magnificent. The crypts are appropriately eerie.

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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
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101 reviews 101 reviews
59 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The San Francisco Church. Leave the Bolsa and continue downhill, and turn to your right on the corner, after 50 meters turn left and take the stairs, they will bring you to the entrance of the church. After you have paid the entrance fee, you take some stairs to enter the church, you can think do we have to visit... More

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Sugar Land Texas
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157 reviews 157 reviews
38 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This style of church is not my favorite with all of the darkness, wood and gold However, I can appreciate the workmanship that went into these decorations. There are quite a few steps to get to the church after coming up hill from the train station. If you like this style, this is definitely worth a visit.

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Dublin, Ireland
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37 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

A lot of the Churches in Porto feature very ornate woodwork. The style is very embellished and maybe even over the top to our modern eyes. However the workmanship and the sheer beauty of this work cannot be denied. Sao Francisco Church is no exception to this. Its quite a dark church and features a lot of exquisite woodwork including... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
58 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

"Gold" is the first and only word that comes to mind when you visit this church. Like many of the other churches in Porto, and Portugal in general, everything is adorned with gold. It's a unique experience for history buffs and for that reason, a must visit, but don't expect the Sistine Chapel.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This wonderful church was built in romanic style. Then Portugal received the influence of italian barocco, and added to it more gold, since it came easily from the colonies. The result you can appreciate in this nice church and convent

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The wood carvings and gold leaf interior are amazing and definitely worth the visit. It makes you wonder where all the wealth came from back in those days. The catacombs are worth seeing but nothing special.

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Cerritos, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This was a lovely working church in a pleasant area of Oporto. The inside was incredibly ornate and was definitely worth a stop.

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Windhoek, Namibia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

What to expect of 100kg's of leaf gold? I had no idea... Everything is just covered in gold! Best 3 euro's (studentfare) I ever spent! Definately need to visit this, is a real treat on a hot day as it is nice and cool inside. Also visit the museum on the other side. The cellar holds catacombs.

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