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Convento de Sao Francisco

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Address: Rua de S. Francisco, 280 | Centro, Olinda, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
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(81) 3429-0517

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Olinda's churches hill

Olinda's population is about 400,000 people with 22 churches - the oldest from the 15th century. The Hill in which most of the churches located have few unique reason to visit... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2015
Tenafly, New Jersey

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Tenafly, New Jersey
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4 reviews
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Olinda's population is about 400,000 people with 22 churches - the oldest from the 15th century. The Hill in which most of the churches located have few unique reason to visit: awesome Olinda and its surrounding view, shore view etc., the churches around and beautiful local arts market - many hand made arts and other crafts. In addition the small... More 

Thank Klomek
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

We went to S. Francisco as part of the guided tour of the old town. This convent is very well preserved, contains rich Portuguese tiles and has a magical atmosphere. It closes at 12:00 and costs just 2 R$.

Thank Louis_ph
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2015

A charming convent in Olinda, with beautiful interior and lovely outdoor spaces. Definitely worth the very small entrance fee.

Thank Eloweazle
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015

Lacking support for the visitors and poor maintenance. Go for a quick visit while in Olinda, but don't expect much

Thank marcelo401
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2015

The Convento has wonderful walls covered of old blue tiles with beautiful patterns which make the visit worthy.

Thank lprocopio
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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2015

Of all the churches in Olinda, this was our favourite. Definitely worth venturing to and having a look around - largely well preserved and really beautiful. The cloisters were fantastic (worth having a guide book that explains all the various art and stories contained in the art).

Thank JevonAbraham
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2015

A guided tour is available ( guide not associated with the convent) for a full run down on the history and quirky details of the convent/ Franciscan Monk residence.

Thank Jerry F
Killarney, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2014

Nice spot for a walking tour of Olinda. But then simply walking about Olinda is a great day out. Beats the hell out of a stay in Recife! I was there pre Carnival so the party atmosphere was just beginning. Great town.

Thank Tony_le_Blanc
new hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2014

This is a working convent that does not charge admission to visit its public areas, but they accept donations, which seems only fair to us. You can visit the cloister and various rooms, which contain impressive tile work, ceiling art, baroque furniture, etc., all of which seemed to be in excellent condition in comparison to other old religious facilities we... More 

Thank chandulla
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2014

There are many beautiful Portuguese blue tile mosaic walls in this convent in addition to some rather remarkable painted wood worked ceilings. You might have to pay a couple of Reals to walk around inside but it is money well spent.

Thank ajaceman

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