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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Address: Plaza San Francisco | Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima, Peru
Phone Number: +51 1 4267377
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Private Tour: Lima and Local Indian Market
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Ranked #7 of 130 Attractions in Lima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Libraries, Caverns/ Caves, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This church and monastery of St. Francis (circa 1674) is known for...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Libraries, Caverns/ Caves, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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 library that houses thousands of antique texts.
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

The cathedral was beautiful with very ornate architecture. You are not allowed to take pictures inside, but much if it is hand-carved wood and hand-painted tiles dating back hundreds of years. Very pretty and awe-inspiring. The catacombs are interesting to learn about as well and are probably the main draw of the cathedral. The church is still used for mass... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The tour guide for my visit explained every area we went through in detail. She went into the art and history of each area.The church has some exceptional gold plated alters and shrines.It is very nice to see the continual restoration being done on the building and art work.And of course the catacombs are a must to see.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This is a historic Catholic church and Monastery in the old part of Lima. I recommend anybody staying in the city to plan a visit to this church for its beauty and importance.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I have been here twice, about 3 weeks apart. The first visit I did not find it very interesting. The second time we had an amazing guide, he was much more knowledgeable and wanted to share the history with us. The catacombs are the highlight, it's a shame though that they disturbed the ones and placed them so tidily. There... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

There are catacombs here! The church is beautiful inside, traditional Jesuit style for the region. The main draw are the catacombs.

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Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This church is very beautiful and the guided tour they offer is great. This place is very historic and helps you understand Lima and the city's history. The catacombs are very interesting and a great thing to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a place you must visit while in Lima. The scenery is amazing! There is this little square before entering the cathedral, which is one of the nicest squares I've been to. The cathedral itself is really beautiful

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The visit only becomes interesting when entering the cellars where thousands of human bones are kept

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We really enjoyed our walk through Iglesia de San Francisco. We did have a guide and that helped us to appreciate its history. The catacombs are not to be missed if you like such things. Lots of bones!

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Ate r seeing so many churches in Europe, I had doubts that any church in Lima would be worth visiting. I was very wrong. The Iglesia de San Francisco was absolutely beautiful. Although not the biggest I've ever seen, it was more than worth the visit! Besides all the usual cool stuff in a cathedral, there is a very unique... More 

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