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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 73 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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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This could be a much better site if (a) more effort was placed in providing information, especially about the Catacombs; (b) the staff cheered up a little as they were unfortunately pretty rude when we visited. Nevertheless, the interior of the Church is beautiful and worth a visit if in the area.

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Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We didn't only see the church but also the 'graveyard' which is pretty impressive when you meet eye to eye with the bones of ppl who live so many years ago. You would like all te stories of the ppl resting. The church is creepy but not in a bad way. All those 'stories' on the walls are very impressive.... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The church is marvellous! Impressive wood carvings and Baroque architecture with gilded wood decorations which have slightly lost their lustre compared to the old photographs of the interior. Catacombs and religious curios not as impressive.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

While exterior is unappealing, the interior is simply stunning. The chapels, walls and ceilings are dripping with gilted ornamentation. No photos allowed inside due to protection of the old work. With a ticket you can also visit tombs and a small museum in the adjacent building. Museum can be skipped but tombs are quite interesting. Church is an UNESCO World... More

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

It is a rather dreary grey looking large building, but the inside is full of vibrant gold and colourful statues. The wooden baroque carvings are amazing. It is a truly spectacular church. There is an entrance fee, but as long as this is put towards the upkeep of this church I don't mind. The museum is very small, the catacombs... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We visited this church whose construction was begun in 1245.We were amazed at the beautiful interior. Beautifully carved and peaceful inside. So much decoration to take in. Unfortunately no photos - well I didn't take any! We also visited the catacombs. As others have said the exterior of this church belies what you see inside. A must see in Porto.

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Bangor Co Down
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This was a real surprise. The whole interior of the church was powerfully presented by the Baroque wooden carving painted with gold. Astonishing! The story-telling in the paintings was amazing

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Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

One of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Portugal, undoubtedly deserves our visit. The front (which is not great and even narrow) does not allow us to imagine the richness of its interior A beautiful gilded Baroque church that delights us and also point out the Catacombs where you can see the tombs of several Portuenses buried there.

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Liege, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The church is impressive on the outside by its size. On the inside, there are a lot to see (gilded carvings,...). All in all, there are 100 kg of gold inside on the carvings, the walls, ... With the ticket, you also have access to a small museum where you can see some part of the treasure of the church.... More

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a little church that has it all, or at least seems to. It has some amazing catacombs that are well worth visiting.

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