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Church and Convent of the Third Order of São Francisco (Saint Francis)

Monument of Public Interest -

This church stands next to the former convent of São Francisco, presently Faro´s Hospitality School.


The construction began in 1679, and the Cathedral’s Dean, D. Manuel Guerreiro Camacho, placed the first stone.

In 1744 the church was deeply renovated, being the most important change in features the orientation from west to east. The 1755’s earthquake damaged some parts of it which led to the renovations extension up until the 18th century.

In its interior, the glazed tiles and carved wood is worth admiring.



Monument of Public Interest

Commissioned by

Third Order of São Francisco


Diogo Tavares, master stonemason (18th century); (possibly) Francisco Xavier Fabri, architect; Manuel Martins, Dâmaso Franco and Manuel Francisco Xavier (carving); Policarpo Oliveira Bernardes, tile painter (possibly)
Date of construction/reconstruction/other work

17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century


Religious architecture, baroque (ornamentation of the chancel), rococo (transept, woodcarving and tiling), neoclassical, nave, painted panels and marbled wood wall covering, longitudinal plan, chancel, crossing and nave

Special features Woodcarving covering the crossing arch, around windows and other structures, with walls clad in tiles


Adress: Lrg. de São Francisco, 518000-142 Faro37º0'45.84''N 7º55'51.78''WWebsite:

Visits:Monday to Friday: 9:00 am  – 12:00am  and 5:30pm.  – 6:30pm.

Worship hours: 8:30am and 6:30pm every day except Sundays at 9am