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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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Lima, Peru
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building, both the Church itself and the catacombs beneath are a must see in Lima if you like architecture and history. Lovely guide.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

They really should consider raising the S./7 entrance fee. This church is absolutely massive, and it is really stunning. It is a shame that no pictures are allowed to be taken! Also, you can tell there is a lack of funding to help preserve this place, which is the real shame. This church has some of the most beautiful ceilings,... More

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Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We took a tour of this church while visiting the plaza. It's worth a visit if you're in the area. Entrance fees were $7.

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Milton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This is a very large monestary with a beautiful church. Below the catacombs, including bones of the departed, are on display. There is much artwork on exhibit.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This was a particularly interesting tour. Of course the architecture is special and the history is amazing but the most revealing detail of this Church's past would seem to lie in the catacombs. The catacombs, or burial grounds, in the underground rooms of the Church, we were told, were initially reserved for the Priests. A couple of severe earthquakes wreaked... More

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NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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

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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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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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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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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