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Igreja de Sao Francisco

Igreja de Sao Francisco © Josep Renalias
Igreja de Sao Francisco © Josep Renalias

On the Oporto waterfront stands the church of St. Frances, dating from 1383, which, while not very imposing from the outside, has a lavishly Baroque decorated interior that was created in the 17th and 18th centuries. Pillars and columns within the vault are festooned with gold-gilded cherubs and flower garlands, entwined animals and fruit cornucopia. This feast for the eyes is set off by wide Gothic arches made of marble, which soar into the roof.

The Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis) is the most prominent Gothic monument in Porto. It is located in the historic centre of the city and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Address: Rua do Infante D. Henrique