Igreja Sâo Francisco
|Igreja do Sâo Francisco|
|3rd order of Saint Francis - for middle class folks|
|Cherubim and gold leaf|
|Sâo Francisco alter and apse|
The congregation was divided by gender, men sat on the right facing the alter and women on the left. Thus the saints are also divided, male statues on the right and female on the left. The railing in front of the saints are decorated with many carvings the most unusual of which lay be the pregnant mermaids.
And who built this church for the rich and powerful? Why their slaves did. That's right, They sent their slaves to do the construction and most of the interior work. The slaves did get a dig back at their owners - if you look at the carvings, most of them have African features.
|Ceiling of the Igreja Sâo Francisco|
|Portuguese Tile work|
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos PretosSo, you may ask, where did the slaves and free blacks worship? Not Sâo Francisco! down the hill, at the Largo de Pelourinho is the Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos (The Church of the Rosary of the Blacks). This was the church that slaves and freed blacks were allowed to use.
|Igreja dos Pretos on the right|
This church was built by the slaves for themselves. They would come after finishing the work in their owners houses and work on the church. It took almost 100 years to complete. This is considered a Lay church because it was built by the people, not by the church.
Because the slaves and feed blacks had much less money the church is much simpler and plainer in design.
|The alter and apse of Igreja dos Pretos|
|Saints were prested as African|
|The Amazing Ms. D at Igrja do Pretos|
|Casa Jorge Amado from inside the Dos Pretos gate|