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Founded by St. Francis of Assisi himself when he went on pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in 1214, the Church of San Francisco belongs to a community of Franciscan monks dating back 800 years. The present-day church, however, was built as recent as 1749: a clean, two-story, monumental Baroque sanctuary. It’s interesting that it’s oriented north-south instead of the traditional east-west layout, but because the main entrance faces south, a huge window at the main entrance lets warm sunlight pour in at all hours of the day—an important feature in often-gloomy Galicia. The bottom half of the church’s south façade was designed in the Baroque style, but the top half and the two bell towers are pure Neoclassicism.
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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Europe
Subcategory Detail:Spain
Keywords:Camino, Camino Portugues, Espagna, Pilgrim, Saint James, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Spanje, St Francis of Assisi, convento de San Francisco de Santiago, igrexa de San Franciso, pelgrim, peregrino, pilgrimage