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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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The carvings are a use see

High Catholic 18th century decorative art at its finest. The carvings are unbelievably detailed and complex, the Jesse Tree may explain the Protestant condemnation of Catholic... read more

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

High Catholic 18th century decorative art at its finest. The carvings are unbelievably detailed and complex, the Jesse Tree may explain the Protestant condemnation of Catholic decadence. The visit to the crypt is not interesting, mainly when you appreciate how late into the 19th century they continued to bury their dead in the basement. A must see in Porto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had read several reviews of this place here on Trip Advisor & decided to check it out. Upon entering the cathedral, I actually gasped. Perhaps if you are well traveled and have seen many ornate churches, this will not take your breath away like it did mine. But it is the most beautiful church I have ever had the... More 

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Woolgoolga, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very quaint building from the outside, quite unusual for a church with many nooks and crannies, Inside the craftsmanship of days gone by will have you in awe and the gilding is truly beautiful, worth the 8 euro entry fee

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Three stars is an average. The church is five stars, a wonderfully OTT Baroque masterpiece. As my guidebook says, 'if you see one church in Porto, see this one". You walk in and the effect is simply jaw-dropping. Highly detailed statues dripping with gold leaf. Absolutely fantastic. So why two stars, I hear you ask. Well, who owns this non-functioning... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

And was dragged to this, I found the catacombs quite interesting and with a goth vibe to them. The church is also interesting as it is too old. The 4 euro ticket for church, museum and catacombs is not that much and worths it. We spent our money in worse ways than that so far

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We not only looked at the church but the cloister attached to it, which we recommend. We also recommend spending a moment or two at the plaza out the front door and looking at the view. The stairs leaving this plaza going down toward the river were very unique and took you through a charming hidden neighborhood in Porto. If... More 

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Entrance a bit random. You buy a ticket in the building on the left just below the church entrance. No signs to this effect, so everyone climbs up to the church only to be sent back by the man on duty. he bears this cross bravely. Church and crypt both interesting in different ways. Only 200m from the entrance to... More 

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Cary, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

UNESCO World Heritage site is worth a visit. Get tickets in nearby building first, see the church and then return to the other building to see the museum and crypt. Built when Portugal was rich due to its discoveries in the New World so some of the wealth went into this church.

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washington dc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is not very attractive from the outside, but the inside is covered in Baroque gold. As it was one of the first churches we saw in Portugal; we were amazed at the exuberance of Baroque design and spent quite some time going from detail to detail. Hard to imagine this was all whitewashed before the French troops occupied... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When my wife and daughters include a stop during our tour at a church there's a certain sense of apprehension that we're about to see 'another European church.' This was again the case at Sao Francisco but like so many times before, we were proven wrong. Pretty much every room we explored revealed something different...and it usually was related to... More 

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