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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 #10 of 124 attractions in Lima
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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West Palm Beach, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We loved the catacombs and the architecture of the church. Our guide was very good at explaining the franciscan order there and how the church fit into the development of lima. Very cool.

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California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

From the catacombs to the unusual painting of the Last Supper we enjoyed it all. Our guide was well informed and we enjoyed using tours by locals.

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Taby, Sweden
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

If you are interested in history and good information brought to you on a comprehensible language, do not visit this church with it´s catacombs! We might have understood about 10% of what the so called guide told us due to her poor English pronunciation. She could just as well have spoken Spanish to us! We also got the impressen that... More

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san antonio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The library, choir and gardens are well worth seeing. The guides are excellent. Ours was an intern from Germany working on a degree in antiquities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The church is an old monastery used by the Franciscan order. The tour is very cheap (around 3 or 4 dollars) and takes about one hour. You can see the whole church and several pieces of artwork. You also get to visit the Catacombs, where they used to bury people back in the day. A little creepy (lots of human... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

It was very interesting visit in monastery and catacombs. Entrance fee includes a guide. Light in atmosphere inside of monastery in very nice. I specially like´d about library. Light in there was amazing. Would I go again? Yes.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

You have to wait for a tour before going into the church. The first tour that came up was Spanish, so we took that tour despite speaking/understanding only a little Spanish. The church as a whole was okay - typical church. The really interesting part was the catacombs where there were a lot of bones buried.

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Seattle, Washington
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This place is fascinating! The tour is about 45 minutes and costs just a little money. The guide was great, except he made sure at the end to tell us he does not get paid with the entrance money, only with tips. Not sure if that's true, but we liked him anyway.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

A beautiful old church in the centre of Lima. The catacombs were very interesting and something I will never forget. The entire Central part of Lima was worth seeing.

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San Francisco, California
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75 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This church and grounds are a few blocks from the main square in Old Lima. It is a church that also functions as a museum. Your ticket comes with a tour guide (we had an English speaking one) and access to the museum and extensive grounds are with a guide only. The tour takes about 45 minutes and includes a... More

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