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Sao Francisco Church (Igreja de S Francisco)

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Address: Rua do Infante D. Henrique, Porto 4050-297, Portugal
Phone Number: 222 062 100
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don't miss the museum/catacombs

well worth a visit to the church for the beautiful architecture, impressive carvings and OTT gold-leaf experience, but the best art is in the museum, especially an extraordinary... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

well worth a visit to the church for the beautiful architecture, impressive carvings and OTT gold-leaf experience, but the best art is in the museum, especially an extraordinary St Francis, and the catacombs are suitably sinister with skulls both sculpted and real (there's a kind of bone cellar which you can see through a pane of glass in the floor.)... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you can only see one church in Porto it should be this one. Set just off the Douro and a stones throw from the Market / Infante Henrique square it is a riot of baroque wood carving and gold leaf. If you are not blown away by the alterpieces and the quaint little museum then the crypt and ossuary... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

In Porto it is usual to be asked to pay to visit a church and we almost went on to our next activity. It was worth it to pay €3.50 each to see this ornate church, the small museum, and the catacombs. The church took my breath away. The first impact as you enter is impressive, ornate, gold. Everything on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A incredible experience but a little overwhelming The craftsmanship is incredible also the scenes inside the church are amazing and the walk through the underground cemetery was something else if not a little creepy. A must see and a experience that will leave u speechless..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Amazing church musem - it is dripping in gold! The altarpieces are magnificent especially the Jesse Tree, Our lady of Solitude and The Martyred Saints of Morocco. The underground cemetery and catacombs are very interesting. be aware that photographs are not allowed . .but you will not need photos to capture the beauty and magnificence

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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Although this is Saint Francis Church (who made a poverty vow), it's richly ornamented with gold leaf and carved wood. It's amazing, well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Gorgeous and well maintained church at the highest point in the city! Stroll through the church and check out the organ - huge! The bishop's house is also well maintained. This church offers exceptional views of the old town and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Visited the church having read about it in our guide book & our hotel being nearby. We were very pleased we did because the church itself was stunning, lavishly decorated with beautiful gilded Rococo carvings. In addition there was a small museum which although clearly interesting was difficult to understand as it was not aimed at tourists & exhibits were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Franciscan order vote of poverty did not apply to this church (apparently) since it has an impressive display of golden imagenery. Both the church and the small house with a cemetery nearby are really worth of a visit. You can combine this with a visit to Palacio de la Bolsa and Casa do Infante in the surroundings

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is no longer a church that holds services but is a great place to visit, before entering the church there is the museum and crypt to visit. There is a mandatory entry charge of €3,50 per adult that covers all aspects. A guidebook is an optional €1. I found the museum difficult as the labels in English were limited... More 

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