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São Francisco de Assis Church São Francisco de Assis Church

Beautifully decorated in the Baroque style and covered in gold ornaments, the building is a must-see attraction in Salvador.

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The São Francisco Church and Covenant is nestled in the Pelourinho district, in the heart of Salvador, represented by two historical buildings ranked among the most amazing expressions of Brazilian Baroque style.

Built in the 17th and 18th centuries and listed as a National Heritage Site by the National Artistic and Historical Heritage Institute, in addition to being considered one of the Seven Portuguese Wonders of the World, the sober facade of the complex hides its lush interior.

It is said that almost a ton of gold was used in its gold plating process. The walls, altars and ceilings decorated with extravagant clusters of flowers, angels, birds and arches are all covered in gold.

A series of panels with 55,000 tiles, painted by Portuguese master Bartolomeu Antunes de Jesus, depict scenes of the life of the Church’s patron saint. In the covenant, visitors can access a cafeteria with tiles dating back to 1650, the library and the gardens, where a graveyard holds the remains of Franciscan friars.

Key information and tips

Bahia Tourist Hotline: +55 (71) 3103-3103

Opening hours:
Mondays through Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mass: Mondays at 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Tuesdays at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Sundays at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m

R$ 5,00

Duration of the Visit
1 hour
+55 (71) 3322-6430
More Info
Geographical Guide of Salvador Churches


Praça Anchieta, s/n – Centro – Salvador – Bahia

The easiest way to get to the Church is by taxi. Check out the taxi companies and rates available in the city.

The nearest line to the Church is Praça da Sé. Check out bus itineraries in Salvador. You can also use the double-decker tour bus to get there.

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