Fodor's Expert Review Igreja de São Francisco da Penitência

Centro Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This baroque church was completed in 1737, nearly four decades after construction began. Today it's famed for its wooden sculptures and its rich gold-leaf interior. The nave contains a painting of St. Francis, the patron of the church—reportedly the first painting in Brazil done in perspective. Guided tours are offered weekdays 2-4 pm.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Historical

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Largo da Carioca 5
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro  20050–020, Brazil


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Rate Includes: R$10, Closed Sun.

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