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SAN FRANCISCO CONVENT

SAN FRANCISCO CONVENT
Olinda, Brazil
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BACKGROUND

San Francisco Convent lies along the sandy coastline of northeastern Brazil in the historic town of Olinda, which was founded in 1535. Its economy was fueled by the sugar trade. The San Francisco convent was originally established in 1585 but was destroyed by a Dutch invasion and rebuilt in 1631. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF placed the San Francisco Convent on the Watch list in 2004 and again in 2006, along with the Historic Center of Olinda. The aim was to restore the site and also preserve its cultural context, the surrounding town. The Center for Advanced Integrated Conservation Studies created a management plan for the convent and an outline of projects to be completed. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

San Francisco convent has been in constant use since the day it was finished, a fact that demonstrates both its endurance as a structure and the continuing care of its community. It was Brazil’s first Franciscan convent and became a model for others in the region. (...)