Convento de São Francisco


This restored 13th-century Franciscan monastery is a fine example of Portuguese Gothic. Especially lovely is the cloister, with graceful twinned columns and arches. It's also a venue for temporary exhibitions.

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0.13 MILES

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4. Igreja da Santa Maria Graça

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5. Casa Museu Passos Canavarro

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6. Jardim das Portas do Sol

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