Igreja de Sao Francisco, Porto

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    S Francisco

    by solopes Updated Jul 11, 2014
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    This church is an absolute "Must see". So rich, in its gilded interiors, that picture is forbidden. Is a Gothic church from the 14th century, but its great attraction is the baroque decoration from the 18Th.
    The ticket costs 3€ and allows free entrance at the adjacent museum.

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    S Francisco museum

    by solopes Updated Jul 11, 2014
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    This is a two in one. A single ticket of 3€ allows you to see the church of St Francisco and the museum. If the church is something not to be missed, then the museum is... free!
    Some paintings, some furniture, some sculpture, the catacombs... well, it's free!

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    Church of São Francisco

    by Oleg_D. Updated Oct 3, 2013

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    First small church dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi was built at that place around 1244. In 1383 The Grey Friars or Franciscans started to build here theirs new church under the patronage of King Fernando I. Process of construction continued till 1425 then church had been built. Since that date the external structure of that church has never been reconstructed or rebuilt. That’s why we have original Gothic church so typical for the mendicant monk’s Orders in modern Porto. Although the interiors of the church were totally rebuilt in baroque style. Today its interior bedecked with luxurous gilded carvings and they are probably the most impressive and stunning in all of Portugal.
    Church now is deconsecrated and turned in to museum together with the building of former Confraternity of Saint Francis. The entrance to that building is situated in front of the church’s main doors. At the upper floor of the building you can see the meeting hall of confraternity and downstairs you can visit the crypt the tombs of local citizens, mostly from XIX-th century.
    The price of combined ticket is 3 euros. Really worth to visit.
    Open:
    Nov-Feb 09:00-18:00
    Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Oct 09:00-19:00
    Jul, Aug, Sep 09:00-20:00
    Closed: 25 Dec.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos in the building of confraternity but not allowed to take any pictures or video inside of the church.

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    Church of São Francisco. Museum

    by Oleg_D. Updated Oct 3, 2013

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    First small church dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi was built at that place around 1244. In 1383 The Grey Friars or Franciscans started to build here theirs new church under the patronage of King Fernando I. Process of construction continued till 1425 then church had been built. Since that date the external structure of that church has never been reconstructed or rebuilt. That’s why we have original Gothic church so typical for the mendicant monk’s Orders in modern Porto. Although the interiors of the church were totally rebuilt in baroque style. Today its interior bedecked with luxurous gilded carvings and they are probably the most impressive and stunning in all of Portugal.
    Church now is deconsecrated and turned in to museum together with the building of former Confraternity of Saint Francis. The entrance to that building is situated in front of the church’s main doors. At the upper floor of the building you can see the meeting hall of confraternity and downstairs you can visit the crypt the tombs of local citizens, mostly from XIX-th century.
    The price of combined ticket is 3 euros. Really worth to visit.
    Open:
    Nov-Feb 09:00-18:00
    Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Oct 09:00-19:00
    Jul, Aug, Sep 09:00-20:00
    Closed: 25 Dec.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos in the building of confraternity but not allowed to take any pictures or video inside of the church.

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    Sao Francisco Church - Golden Folly

    by JoostvandenVondel Written Jun 1, 2008

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    I must admit not everyone is as an enthusiastic church visitor as myself, however, aside from the cathedral, you should not miss a visit to this exceptional church. Begun in the 14th century and taking four hundred years to build and transform, this church is covered from top to bottom in baroque sculpture and opulance. Apparently, over 200 kg of gold is used to decorate the high altar, pillars and the hosts of cherubs and garlands covering this exceptional building.

    On the north wall is the Tree of Jesse, a sculpture illustrating the lineage of Christ. The Tree, in gilded and painted wood, was carved between 1718 and 1721.

    You can not take pictures of the interior (hence no photos here) but postcards are available. This site gives you an idea of the interior: http://www.360portugal.com/Distritos.QTVR/Porto.VR/vilas.cidades/Porto/a3_igsfrancisco.html

    The church is open daily from 9:00 to 17:00 and there is an entry fee of a couple of euros. I can provide you with a couple of exterior shots, and we were also treated to procession that had just begun outside of the church.

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    Igreja de Sao Francisco

    by evilprebil Written Oct 12, 2006

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    An elaborately decorated church whose structure is in the gothic style from the 14th century. The interior had been made over sometime in the 18th century with lots of gilded additions, due to the local merchants (it is adjacent to the Bolsa). The church is deconsecrated so you don't need to worry about interfering with services. Definately look out for the familt tree on the one wall.

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    Sao Francisco and the catacombs

    by Folbi Updated May 8, 2005

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    A tomb

    3 euros for the visit of the church, the museum and the catacombs.
    The inside of the church is more impressive than the outside. There is a lot of sculpted wood decorated with gold every where from the floor to the ceiling. Some of you might find it kitsch but i found it - if not nice - at least different from what we usually see inside of a church.
    The museum can be avoided: there are only a few relics from "Saint Francois d'Assise" in a small room.
    The catacombs are not that interesting either. You can see an ossuary though which is kind of scarry ...

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    In Igreja de Sao Francisco--Detail of Remains

    by pabertra Updated Nov 17, 2004

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    Detail of Stored Remains

    This is a detail shot of the stored remains. If you enlarge the picture you can see the names of the individual whose remains are stored here. I think they may be prominent church members or leaders for this church, but that is only a guess.

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    In Igreja de Sao Francisco---Stored Human Remains

    by pabertra Updated Nov 17, 2004

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    Remains Stored for Judgment Day

    Inside the over-the-top Igreja de Sao Francisco there are thousands of human remains stored for Judgment Day. These coffins are located in the basement and I am guessing they are the bones of prominent church officials and members, but I'm not sure of that.

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  • Igreja de São Francisco

    by arasnosliw Written Nov 9, 2004

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    Igreja de S��o Francisco

    There's more churches in Porto than you can count. In fact, this entire country of Portugal is swarming with churches. I just came from Coimbra before visiting Porto, and I was ultimately churched out by now. So my friend and I made it a point to NOT enter any churches in Porto, no matter how beautiful or extravangant they were. C'mon, aren't they all deemed beautiful and extravagant ?!

    So, I only snapped a few photos of churches in Porto and called it a done deal. This is the church of St. Francisco. This is a gothic styled church, although baroque styled inside. Admission is 3 Euros.

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    Igreja de S. Francisco...

    by cucaracha Updated Apr 16, 2004
    Igreja de S. Francisco...

    At the Igreja de S. Francisco you can visit the Sala dos Consejos, the catacombs and the must, the interior of the church! The wood carvings that cover the walls are amazing!!!

    The entrance fee is 3 Euros.

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    Sao Francisco Church

    by SonOfLusus Written Feb 14, 2004

    One of the city's main highlights is the richly ornamented 18th century interior of Sao Francisco Church. The exterior is a simple combination of gothic and baroque, but inside is one of the world's most ornate churches. Everything is covered in gold, an extravagance that shocked the clergy so much, that worship was discontinued and today it is just a "monumental church" serving almost as a museum.

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    Igreja de Sao Francisco

    by el_ruso Written Jan 2, 2006

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    This beautiful XVIII century church has an incredibly beautiful guilded interior and is a must see! It is located just behind the Praca do Dom Infante Enrique.

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    Church of Sao Francisco

    by Nexus7 Written Aug 13, 2005
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    This is an old church that was very wonderfuly built with amazing wood carvings on the inside. It has catacombs inside dating back many hundreds of years.

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