3.5e admission. The crypts were not my thing. Those bones were just a bit too mushed up for my liking. The church however was brilliant for its wood work.
I am very happy that I did not pass up a visit into Sao Francisco church. Its beautiful exterior is far surpassed by the interior designs. There is so much detail and beauty in the design which covers the entire church. Much of the design is covered in gold. Next to the church is a small museum but across and... More
Pair a visit to this church with a visit to the Palacio da Bolsa. Go to the palace, book your tour then head around the corner to the church. There is a small entrance fee. The highlight is the crypt. We had never seen anything else like it in Europe. Apparently everyone used to be buried under the church not... More
The inside of the church is beautifully decorated with gold plated wood, sculptures are geniously done
It was very interesting to see all the gold that was applied to this once simple gothic church when the styles in fashion changed to baroque. We didn't have time to see the museum but still felt it was worthwhile and unique to see the church.
An interesting complex, complete with a small religious artifacts museum, and large catacombs. Not much in the line of English information, but our Rick Steves book gave us what we needed.
Although at one time there was apparently separate ticketing you must now buy a single ticket for the museum, catacombs and former church. The museum is quite small, the catacombs quite boring, and the church has seen better days - the gilt is quite tarnished and the carving at places rotted out.
This church is really amazing. The extreme rococo-baroque interior is unique. Unfortunately the tickets are expensive and the rest of the visit is totally not worth (museum and catacombs).
Although not everyone will be interested in visiting a cathedral, St Francis should be the exception. The interior is truly breathtaking, almost every inch covered in gold, it is worth the 4 euros to get in. This isn't the place to spend the whole afternoon, but should definitely be on your list of places to see in Porto.
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