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Church of San Francisco (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Ancash Street, Lima, Peru
01/427-1381
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As featured in 3 days in Lima
Ranked #11 of 129 attractions in Lima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Libraries, Architectural Buildings, Caverns/ Caves, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This church and monastery of St. Francis (circa 1674) is known for its catacombs that contain the remains of more than 70,000 people and a magnificent... more » Owner description: This church and monastery of St. Francis (circa 1674) is known for its catacombs that contain the remains of more than 70,000 people and a magnificent library that houses thousands of antique texts. « less
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The architecture was typical of the other museums and churches we saw. But the catacombs were amazing to see. Well worth the stop

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Illinois City, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Full of history and the catacombs were great. In city area. Very informative place, not to miss. Old Church and huge.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

You have to take a guide to go thru here. Cost is 7 soles each.. As other reviewers have said, English is not a strong point of the guide. The one we had kept switching between English and Spanish, plus the muffle voice, meant we understood very little. There are plaques along side most things in English. It is still... More

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Delaware, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The church is stunning. The art and history are well worth the trip. The catacombs are reportedly the best in Peru, and I don't have any reason not to believe that. They were a great mix of small corridors and large numbers of bones arranged reverently for display. The library is a hidden gem. Take some time and take in... More

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Cathedral and catacombs are both interesting, and a English speaking guide is definitely a bonus for those with limited Spanish. It's cheap at 7 sol entry. However the tours are strictly timed and you get rushed from room to room quite quickly so you don't have time to fully look at and absorb everything. There is no option to... More

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Bolton, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Not what I expected, the art and history of the building was very interesting and for the price totally worth while. I do not want to spoil by divulging too much, this is really worth going to see.

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Bedale
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The big draw for this place has to be the Catacombs and the artful display of skulls and bones in the deep pits. Not a place for the claustrophobic as the tunnels are quite low and narrow in places. Other things to admire are the library and the choir with its superb carvings of the saints. There are other fine... More

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San Bernardino, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Beautiful church to enjoy from the outside with a nice courtyard out front where people feed the pigeons...watch out when the pigeons are spooked they all fly at the same time. The church inside was not all that exciting. Then the catacombs were pretty creepy, not my cup of tea but, if you want to see bones and lots of... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

You can visit the catacombs ossuary if you like this sort of things... Otherwise stick to the beautiful cloister, library and church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is s MUST when you visit Lima. Visiting the Catacumbas and the Church of San Francisco with the oldest library in south america was wonderful!

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