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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 128 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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northern california
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Interesting church, started around 1600 and added onto numerous times. The primary burial site for Lima for over 200 years, the catacombs, which you can visit, contain the remains of over 200,000 people. The remaining bones were rearranged in 1940´s, which is slightly disconcerting, but again, interesting. Some interesting religious art and artifacts. Visited weekend of Independence day, which meant... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The cathedral is worth a quick visit, but not terribly unique. The tour of the monastery and catacombs on the other hand is quite special. For a Francisco order, I was surprised by the opulence of the monastery - they clearly had some rich benefactors. The catacombs are truly morbid, with row after row after row of bones and skulls.... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The church of San fransisco is a worth a visit it is beautiful and very good . It is worth a visit with lot of historical value to the church

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Amazing architecture and a grand old building - the catacombs will not be to everyone's taste and some of the stories we heard of the history and background were quite disturbing. Nonetheless, you cannot come to Lima without understanding some of the past.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Loved walking through the catacombs and the old church, everything is well preserved. A must see if visiting Lima.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This church is most definitely worth a visit. Take a guide. I don't know who everyone else got but our english guide was fantastic. He spoke well and was very funny and knowledgeable. I enjoyed this church most of all and not just because of catacombs, although that was the best part. The library was amazing as well. Totally worth... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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

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

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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