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Church of San Francisco (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Plaza San Francisco | Equina: Jiron Ancash y Lampa, Lima, Peru
01/427-1381
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Ranked #9 of 135 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
Traveler Description: The church de San Francisco is a short walk from plaza de las armas, maybe five or ten minutes if you don't get lost. For only 7 soles, you get a... more »
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East London, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Very well-preserved old Church. Lots of people and lots of locals outside trying to sell you things. The catacombs were interesting and worthwhile. Nice area to walk around in and just look at the architecture etc.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This church had great architecture and artifacts. A lot of thought was put into building and maintaining this church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The interior of this old cathedral is complex and fascinating, but the catacombs even mores so. I was surprised to learn that they are still being used.

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texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Went with my viator guide Patricia Valenzuela which made all the difference in the details of this colonial church and monastery, many unusual aspects...catacombs, daily life of monks etc...

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

No photos are allowed inside, with or without flash. That in itself is quite annoying to me, because I like to share photos of my trips with friends and family the world over, and I always shoot without flash, so it's not damaging or distracting. Probably the reason for this rule is that the church sells books or brochures with... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I just loved it, it's beautiful, the catacombs well-lit and clean (despite of the tourists' garbage), very interesting, especially the library, and understandable the guide too. My only problem: the GUIDE. The girl said we can ask questions, I did so but she couldn't answer them, but that's not my first problem. WE HAD GUIDE, and we were rushing through,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Dominicans and Franciscans were very much in charge of early Lima, and both their churches should be visited. The tour also takes you into the crypt, where you can see scattered remains of early Limenos buried in the church.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The guided tour is required to enter the church, and it is quite long--about 45 minutes. The guides are volunteers and ask for tips at the end. The church is quite beautiful, and the catacombs aren't really scary as I thought, just heaps of bones piled about. I would recommend doing the tour in Spanish if possible as my guide... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The entrance hall is nothing to look at; little could you tell that when you left the tattered hallway you will be lead to a fascinating and ancient library, halls full of religious art in the Cusco style, a magnificent church which you can look down on from the monks' stalls, and through the catacombs under the whole complex, filled... More

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Mexico CITY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

we enjoy our visit, although we like to explore the places and they have a mandatory tour guide visit, I could be better if you can admire the place litter longer instead of being rush here and there

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