Sao Francisco Church and Convent, Salvador

#1 of 33 in Historic Sites in Salvador
Must see · Religious Site · Church
Built between 1708 and 1723, Sao Francisco Church and Convent is celebrated for its exuberant interior decoration including an important repository of Baroque art. As you approach the façade, you'll see a large stone cross and volute columns influenced by Mannerist architecture. Inside, all the walls, pillars, vaults, and ceilings are covered by golden sculptures made from gilt woodwork and ornate paintings. Blue and white tiles called azulejo depicting scenes from the life of St Francis of Assisi cover the lower parts of the walls in the main chapel and transept. The Portuguese-Brazilian Baroque gilt woodwork that you'll see in this church is a perfect example of igreja dourada, or "golden church." Plan your Sao Francisco Church and Convent visit and explore what else you can see and do in Salvador using our Salvador trip maker website.
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  • This is a lovely church worth a quick walk around the interior for 5 reals. The cloister wasn’t open to your unfortunately.  more »
  • Our cruise arrived in Salvador on Feb. 26th and almost everything was closed as people recovered from celebrating Carnaval. That included this beautiful church! I truly wish that we had been able.....  more »
  • My time in Salvador was of learning, dancing and exploring. Amazing experience that I will certainly repeat.
  • This building was breathtaking. It holds a lot of history. To learn that enslaved Africans were who completed the work to make the cathedral as ornate and opulent as it is brought tears to my eyes. The main room is covered in gold. It is truly a sight to see.
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