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Porto Religious Building/Site/Shrine

During the last days of Porto's siege by the absolutist army (the miguelistas) in July 1842, there was gunfire by the nearby São Francisco Convent. These shootings caused a fire that destroyed most parts of the convent, sparing only this church. Today the church is the most prominent Gothic monument in Porto. It's a rather undistinguished, late-14th-century Gothic building on the outside, but inside is an astounding interior: gilded carving—added in the mid-18th century—runs up the pillars, over the altar, and across the ceiling. An adjacent museum (Museu de Arte Sacra) houses furnishings from the Franciscan convent. A guided tour (call the day before) includes a visit to the church, museum, and catacombs.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Cruise

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Rua do Infante Dom Henrique 93
Porto, Porto  4050-297, Portugal


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