São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador, Salvador

São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador, Salvador (must see)

The São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador is located in the historical centre of Salvador. The convent and its church are very important colonial monuments in Brazil. The current church was built between 1708 and 1723, but the interior was decorated by several artists during a great part of the 18th century. Most decoration of the church and convent were finished by 1755.

The friars of the Franciscan Order arrived in Salvador in 1587 and soon built a convent and church, but these were destroyed during the Dutch invasions of Bahia in the early 17th century. The works on the current convent began in 1686 under Father Vicente das Chagas following a grandiose design that took decades to complete. The current church was built between 1708 and 1723, but the interior was decorated by several artists during a great part of the 18th century. Most decoration of the church and convent were finished by 1755 as well.

The wooden ceiling of the entrance hall was painted with scenes in illusionistic perspective by José Joaquim da Rocha in 1774. The two-storey cloisters, finished around 1752, were decorated with monumental panels of blue-white tile panels. The tiles, with moralistic allegories based on 17th century-Flemish engravings and sayings by Roman poet Horace, were manufactured in Lisbon.

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Sight Name: São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador
Sight Location: Salvador, Brazil
Sight Type: Religious
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