Saturday, March 15, 2014

SMCC 2014: Incantato proudly presents San Marino Chamber Choir at Sao Francisco Church (Porto), on Thursday April 3, 7 pm

The San Marino Chamber Choir, under the direction of Tammi Alderman, will present their "Chants of the World - Cantos do Mundo"  Choral Concert at the Igreja Monumental do Sao Francisco de Porto, on Thursday, April 3, at 7 pm.

This outstanding temple is a must-see monument that amazes all visitors, and a cultural reference of the second most important city of Portugal. The Igreja de Sao Francisco is a perfect example of rococo or late Baroque architecture: its golden-covered pillars and columns are extremely ornate with cherubs, rose garlands, fruits, and animals.

The St Francis Church was built between
1383 and 1410, which can be recognized in its
strict gothic facade. During the 17th and 18th centuries the temple underwent a huge baroque decoration renewal, which gave place to an interior of gilded wood carvings and earthly designs made of gold. Amidst all these, the remarkable Tree of Jesse, which is a visual representation of Jesus’ family tree, which traces its way back to Jesse, the father of David.

Adding to the experience are the catacombs beneath the church’s three interior chapels. These catacombs house the church’s small museum that keeps artifacts from the former Franciscan monastery. Nowadays the Igreja Monumental do Sao Francisco de Porto is open as Museum and Monument, and also classical music concerts are often held here.

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