We rode on the yellow bus sightseeing tour one day during our stay in Porto last Spring and I took this picture of Porto’s Franciscan churches as we passed by. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.
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The Franciscans came to Porto in 1223 and began to build their church in 1244. But in 1383 it was considered too small and so they began building a larger church in the Gothic tradition. This was completed in 1425 and most of the exterior is still Gothic but most of the west entrance and just about all of the interior has been transformed into the Baroque style. The walls, ceilings and columns of the church’s interior are covered with gilded wood carvings. It is estimated that about 800 pounds of gold from mines in Brazil were used to cover the wood. This Gothic church is called The Monument Church of St. Francis (Igreja Monumento de São Francisco) and is on the right in my photo. The church on the left is the Church of the Third Order of St. Francis (Igreja da Venerável Ordem Terceira de São Francisco). It was built in the 18th century in the neoclassical style. The sidewalk food stand is from the 21st century and is in the modern style.
I hear that there is a slight fee to tour the church and I hear that no cameras are allowed. I also hear that there are catacombs under the church and you can view some of the skulls from windows in the church floors.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website on Thursday (Wednesday in North America and Europe) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.