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San Francisco de Assis

Largo de Coimbra, s/n, Centro, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil
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Ranked #3 of 47 Attractions in Ouro Preto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Enjoyed this church immensely. Loved the fresco ceiling painted by Borroco Mineiro. Built in 1763 its a great example of this period. Also enjoyed all the other parts of the Church.

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South East London
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99 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This church was commissioned by the people and not the church authority and is not as ornate as some churches in the city but it is just as interesting. We had a great guide who explained about the history and I found it fascinating. The exhibition at the back is really worth a look too.

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London
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Interesting, but not the best in this historic town and there are a vast number of churches to visit. The museum at the back of the church however is really interesting with many examples of paintings and sculptures by one of the most famous local artists.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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182 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

This church is probably the one filled with the highest quantity of pieces made by Aleijadinho, which is arguably the most important brazilian sculptor ever. He has truly created a "school of design", since all his works can easily be recognized by the particular details found at the statues' noses and eyes. So, besides some works made by him spread... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

A magnificent church atop a hill overlooking the hills and valleys of Ouro Preto. This place gave me total peace and tranquility. The spirituality was palpable. The artwork and gold you will see within the structure is just amazing.

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Philadelphia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This church is less ornate than the NS de Pilar or N.S. de Carmo. It does have some works by Aleijadinho and also in the sacristy they have relocated objects from the Aleijadinho Museum. You can get a very good photo from outside--no photos allowed inside.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Ceiling paintings and guilding around the altar very impressive! Expensive to get in (R$ 8) and no photography allowed.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This is an incrediable story about an artist who had lost limbs, but would be considered one of the best painters of all time.

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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We didn't have an "official" tour of the church, but it was lovely with beautiful architecture and artwork. Don't miss the small room behind the alter with additional works of art on display.

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Anniston, Alabama
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Upon arrival from bus station, if you head up the hill you will come across the church. It sheer magnitude is amazing and it has great views of the town below. From there head down the STEEP hill into town to see the rest and you can essentially do a circle and end up back here. For all sights in... More

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