Igreja e Convento São Francisco(salvador,brazil)_nophoto
|January 5, 2013||Posted by WhereTheChurch under South-america|
|Opening Hours||08:30-17:30 Mon-Sat, 13:00-17:00 Sun|
|Ticket Price||full R$3.00, admission R$3|
|Address||Cruzeiro de São Francisco Anchieta,salvador,brazil|
Defying the teachings of the saint to which it is dedicated, the baroque Igreja e Convento São Francisco is crammed with displays of wealth. An 80kg silver chandelier dangles over ornate wood carvings smothered in gold leaf, and the convent courtyard is panelled with hand-painted azulejos (Portuguese tiles). The complex was finished in 1723.Forced to build their masters’ church and yet prohibited from practising their own religion, African slave artisans responded through their work: distorting the faces of the cherubs, endowing some angels with huge sex organs, or making others appear pregnant. Most of these creative touches were chastely covered by 20th-century sacristans.