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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 #9 of 134 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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Ipswich, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The church is stunning, there is a great collection of Colonial Art in Latin America. The Monk's library emits a musty smell cognisant of its history and age. But the highlight is the underground Crypts known as the Catacombs. No photos are allowed.. so its all left to our imaginations to record the history of the place, where people religiously... More

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Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Very interesting church with a huge graveyard below. You can see thousands of bones piled on top of each other. The best part: the guide is included in the price, so you can learn something too.

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Dublin, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went there as a part of our Lima private tour, and the guide was excellent. Unlike most churches and cathedrals we have visited, this one is unique: it's architecture is different; has a long history with many frescos being discovered; has a unique library with a huge collection of old books; interesting wooden artwork. The underground catacombs with thousands... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful church to explore in downtown Lima. In addition to the stunning architecture, there are winding catacombs to see. You go down through a small stone doorway and see rooms and rooms of bones.

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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I have seen ptobably over a hundred churches so far, so it is hard to get exited by another one. But this one is different - during the tour we saw various chloisters where the walls were beautifully adorned, the choir was amazing, and seeing the bones in the catacombs were eerie. Not the usual experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Awesome beautiful place a must see! This church is near many other beautiful attractions in central lima. The church is amazing one of the most beautiful I've ever seen, the catacombs are everything you'd expect and more.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This church's structure is fantastic both inside and out. The catacombs are very interesting, creepy but definitely a must see. The library and choir in the church are so beautiful and intriguing. I wholly recommend this sight. The only downside is that pictures can't be taken! Lima really surprised me!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very nice architectural structure... would definitely recommend doing the tour underneath the church if you're not claustrophobic. You'll see how they buried their dead back in the day.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Inside its a nice, impressive catholic church. But i believe this church wouldn't stand out solely by the interior. The complementary attraction lies underneath the main church, where you can find the catacombs. During the tour i was always wondering who was so dedicated to sort all those bones and display them like that.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Wow! What a beautiful church. I took the spanish tour as the english speaking tour did not fit my schedule but there are signs in english that tell you what you are looking at. You are not allowed to take photos in the church but it is something to see! The tour goes all around this large church then at... More

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