Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis)

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Rua do Infante Dom Henrique

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Churches/Religious Sites Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Everyone knows the old adage, "don't judge a book by its cover" — the notion couldn't be truer in the case of the Igreja de São Francisco. This church looks rather plain on the outside, sporting a stone facade with elements of gothic and baroque styles, but step inside and you'll be greeted with gold: lots and lots of it. An abundance of gilt wood carvings (reportedly more than 800 pounds of gold) make up the columns, vaulted ceilings and walls of this UNESCO World Heritage Site church, which started to take shape in 1245. A traveler favorite amid the luster is the Tree of Jesse, a massive family tree sculpture that traces Christ's genealogy and dates back to 1718.

The Igreja de São Francisco is located right next to the Palácio da Bolsa in the heart of Porto; it's easily accessible via the São Bento metro stop on the D (yellow) line. The church is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November through February; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March through October; and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. July through September. Admission costs €3.50 EUR for adults (about $4.75 USD) and €2.50 EUR for children (about $3.50 USD). Services are no longer held here regularly, though the church does host classical music concerts and some religious ceremonies like weddings and baptisms, so leave some flexibility in your schedule to come back later, if necessary.

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