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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 132 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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NY
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

You will have a tour guide with your entrance fee. Beautiful place. I was surprised with the library, once you are approching it, you feel the smell at old books (you will enjoy it if you love to read of course) Every room has something especial and to finish the tour you will go to the catacumbs (old cementery under... More

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Olympic Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The whole experience is a marvel. The artwork is astounding and it is amazing how unprotected it is. The tour of the catacombs was really, really cool. The pigeons out front only add to the atmosphere

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Los Angeles, California
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79 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Its a beautiful church but the highlight for us was the catacombs. The bones are organized by types, all the skulls in one place, femur bones in another, and we are talking bones of over 70,000 people. This was a stop on our Turibus and we were a small group with our tour leader. The walls are made out of... More

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Ridderkerk, The Netherlands
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5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The tour through the monastery, the cathedral and the catacombs is one of the greatest things to do in Lima, but only if you take the guided tour, which is available in English and Spanish. Definately worth a visit!

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Rochester, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We were back to the Lima Historic center in the late afternoon. We went in the Famous San Francisco Church. This yellowish Baroque styled church was built in 1674. The painted ceilings were bright with designs; no angels smiling down at you. We went down to the catacombs in the belly of the church. It was dimly lit with rough... More

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The tour of the cathedral and catacombs was so cheap that it was almost free, and was an extremely worthwhile hour and a half spent. The tour was very professional and can be taken in multiple languages. A must see attraction in Lima.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Go there, with an English tourguide and be amazed about the history of the Peruvian history, Fransican history and the cemetary in the catacombs below the monastary. A must see!

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

waited for English tour to start-women guide spoke a very heavily accenetd English so most was gibberish and we were rushed thru no time to read signs or observe and appreciate some of the great art and architure. Place was wall to wall people so one guide speaking english and the enxt one Spanish and no one heard anything -neverthe... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Personally, I'm not a big fan of churches. As we went along on the tour, I was sort of dreading the decision. However, that dread disappeared quickly, as we also entered the catacombs! This turned out to be really cool! There are large quantities of bones of monks and rich folk down there, which is creepy yet fascinating. Worth the... More

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It is always great to go back and visit this Lima catholic heritage. A must if you want to understand what happen during the Spaniard colonization and after the independence of Peru.

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