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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 131 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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Ridderkerk, The Netherlands
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We specifically went to this church to see the catacombs,and we were not disappointed. They have tours at specific times for Spanish and English speaking tourist. Our English speaking guide was really good, full of information and was able to move our group along. The tiles on the walls are really beautiful . Of course the main high light of... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We got a open air bus tour to the San Francisco cathedral and we had a brilliant time there. Our guide was excellent and he showed us all around this very old cathedral. It is very beautiful and the library was amazing. There are lots of huge old books on display there and some are open to show you the... More

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northern california
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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