Igreja de São Francisco

Igreja de São Francisco, Porto

Igreja de São Francisco
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,121 contributions
Expensive
Jun 2021
Entrance fee is very expensive for what you get to see inside. Personally, I liked the outside more, the architecture is impressive.
Written July 7, 2021
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Malgorzata
10,365 contributions
It is just a real gem
Jul 2020
It is built of granite and its architecture includes Romanesque and Gothic elements. The portico is in the Baroque style, built between the 17th and 18th centuries. The baroque interior of the church makes an amazing impression. It attracts attention with its lush interior, with a lot of gold , however photography is not allowed inside. In addition to the church, the visit also includes the museum and the catacombs. If I had to recommend you only one and only church in Porto, I would recommend this one. If you are in Porto then you just have to come in here.
Written April 20, 2021
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June A
Surrey, UK2,291 contributions
Gold everywhere
Nov 2019
From the outside the church doesn't look like much, but the inside is amazing with so much gold - it has to be the city's most beautiful church.
Written October 27, 2020
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Laurylau-p
Eindhoven, The Netherlands774 contributions
Church with underground museum
Aug 2019
Church overall beautiful. it is very large with a large underground museum. Price not so cheap, but for once it can be done.
Written July 29, 2020
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Italia Ignota
Florence, Italy339 contributions
The most beautiful church of the city
Sep 2019
I think it’s the most beautiful church in Porto. If you have already visited the other churches in the city I can tell you that when you enter this you will be speechless for its complete gold decoration. My only advice is to visit only the church because catacombs and palace I did not like at all and do not deserve the visit.

If you would like to see my tips just go to the following link: https://www.tripadvisor.it/Trips/92555137/The%20northern%20region%20of%20Portugal
Written May 3, 2020
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Anik L
Montreal, Canada654 contributions
Sumptuous!
May 2019
From the outside it looks just like another regular church but inside you'll see the most beautiful church interior of Porto and one of the most stunning churches in Portugal.
There is gold everywhere: on the ceilings, altars, statues! The carvings are so detailed it’s phenomenal!
The ticket also includes a visit to the museum and catacombs.
If you visit the catacomb don’t miss the bones cellar trough the floor (on the left side of the catacomb). It’s very discrete, most people don’t go there because they think there nothing to see.
Fascinating and really worth the visit.
Written April 16, 2020
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culturedportugal
140 contributions
Not to be missed
Nov 2019
The museum itself is interesting, but the highlight is the visit inside the church and then the catacombs. As you cross the courtyard there is a good view of the gothic rose window, the only original exterior decoration still surviving.
Another church well laden with gold and there are several side chapels sponsored by prominent families of the time.
The visit to the catacombs is a chilling experience, both because of the natural coolness of the area and the human bones, which can be viewed below ground in an ossuary. Once again, prominent families were buried here as were the Franciscan monks.
Written March 12, 2020
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,329 contributions
One jf the Most Beaytiful churches I've EcervSeen
Feb 2020 • Solo
I think this is one if the most beautiful churches I have ever seen, certainly one of the most intricately decorated. Sadly they don't allow photos or video inside so I have nothing to share here.
But it is mesmerising, it really is. Especially the carved Jesse and The Tree of Life. I just cant believe the detail. Watch out for the depictions of the beheading if the Moors too.
Gorgeous gold gilt everywhere and lovely sunlight in through the windows light the place up.
It costs a stiff €7.50 to get in but that includes the atmospheric catacombs and the museum across the small courtyard.
An absolute must do. As I said, no photos so you just have to go and see it for yourself. You simply will not believe your eyes.
Written February 19, 2020
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RobertJE
London, UK542 contributions
Just "wow"
Feb 2020 • Couples
There really was a lot to see in this church complex. Particularly impressive were the catacombs where monks and wealthy people in Porto were buried- there's also a ossuary were there are thousands of human bones some of which can be viewed through a glass cover. After seeing the outer rooms and the catacombs the church itself is just amazing. Wood carvings covered in gold dust adorn the entire church interior and it is truly a wonder just to stand and stare. No photos allowed so that means no looking through a phone camera but just enjoying the moment.
Written February 17, 2020
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Amy
Epsom, UK10 contributions
Worth visiting
Feb 2020
Amazing gold plated statues are in abundance in this church. For those who appreciate historical artefacts, this is a place not to miss.
Written February 16, 2020
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