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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

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Address: Plaza San Francisco | Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima, Peru
Phone Number: +51 1 4267377
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: This church and monastery of St. Francis (circa 1674) is known for its...
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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We went on the tour at 10am on a Thursday morning and the English speaking tour was very small, about 10 of us. At times the tour felt slightly rushes and we would have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

It would be an outstanding site if it was possible to visit it without a guide. As with all tours, you are rushed through, pictures are not allowed for some reason, and it feels as if you're in a herd. But worth a visit for sure. Don't get excited about the catacombes - they are fairly small and unimpressive compared... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We went on the tour at 10am on a Thursday morning and the English speaking tour was very small, about 10 of us. At times the tour felt slightly rushes and we would have appreciated some more time to look at the art work and exhibits in some of the rooms. However, the catacombs themselves were very interesting and were... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

It was another example of great architecture and the details that went into the building. It was also a good example of the local culture now. It takes about thirty minutes but worth it and it was free.

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Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Went here on a tour and underneath the church there are Catacombs similar to what they have in France just not as elaborate. If you are pretty proficient in Spanish, I recommend that you take the tour in Spanish because it was really hard to understand the tour guide when she spoke English. If you are claustrophobic I would recommend... More 

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Webster, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a must see! We were with a tour guide that spoke excellent English, had a phenomenal amount of knowledge about the attraction, and he told some good stories about the building. Naturally the highlight of the visit are the catacombs, which give you a sense of the history of Peru. Do be aware that if you don't feel... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Ok, I am a little geeky, but this offered the opportunity to tour the catacombs. They were great. You can tell a great deal about a vulture based on how they bury the dead. This is a great example. It was sufficiently creepy for my 17 year old son. The church is nice too 😊

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is a must see Church and Monastery in Colonial Lima. You can take a guided tour or wander through the complex on your own. The Cloisters is to the left of the Church and is bordered by large galleries of religious artifacts. The highlight is the Catacombs located below the complex. There are several caverns containing the bones and... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

If you have 30 minutes to kill then spend it here. The tour was guided and quick, I felt the guide was just trying to move us through each room with a fast paced explanation of items but no real time to study the rooms, contents, or beautiful paintings. The catacombs, the big draw, are unimpressive.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The church is on the to do list of most tour books. We have been to Lima several times and have not done the sights in El Centro, so figured we would do this. The main attraction is the catacombs under the church, which if you are expecting like the extensive ones in Rome, you will be disappointed. What's open... More 

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Monastery fascinating and sympathetic restoration. Guide was very good though tour rather rushed and not much introduction to religious life past and present.

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Address: Plaza San Francisco | Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima, Peru
Phone Number: +51 1 4267377
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Lima Region  >  Lima

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