Court Yard in the Convento de Sao Francisco, Olinda. Near Recife, Brazil
Stefano Paterna/© Stefano Paterna
The oldest Franciscan complex in Brazil is in Olinda; the São Francisco Convent, which dates from 1585 (and was rebuilt in 1631), is also a World Monuments Fund project. That is thanks to the richness of its Portuguese tile murals that line the courtyard corridors, as well as its fine Baroque chapels, elaborate ceiling art and rare book library. The convent is still in use by Franciscan friars today.