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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
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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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The real catacombs

This is not for the squeamish, it's a real look at how catacombs operate as a business in the old days. Expect the biggest collection of bones you have ever seen. Enjoy the wander... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is not for the squeamish, it's a real look at how catacombs operate as a business in the old days. Expect the biggest collection of bones you have ever seen. Enjoy the wander around, choose a guided tour to get the real history. Plenty of pigeons for that special photo outside in the courtyard.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This should not be missed. Beautiful Franciscan church with traditional Moorish influences. The crypts are interesting worthy of a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I walked in not knowing what to expect from the tour, but for less than a dollar I was taken in a small group around the church. I learned about its history and saw beautiful art, antiques, and an old library. Definitely worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the church and museum next door including the catacombs. There's a very old library with lots of books that is cool to see.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited San Francisco church on a Sunday and saw hundreds of faithful attending mass. Its museum consists of the monastery and catacombs. My husband and I were the only English-speaking visitors at the time, so a guide was assigned to the two of us. We walked through the main courtyard surrounded by cloisters, saw the library with its ancient... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

cool catacombs - wish you could take pictures. this is one of the best examples of excavated catacombs i've ever seen traveling in central and s. america. rest of the church is also really cool

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Yes the catacombs was cool but felt to touristy. I guess you will have that when there is a steady stream of visitors all day. What I really liked and wasn't aware of is the old library with over 10,000 really old books. It really looks like something out of Harry Potter. The room is roped off but still is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing under ground tombs Superb gardens and cloisters. The tiling in the cloisters is breathtaking. Wellworth taking a guided tour.... We took Touribus.... Excellent guide... spoke English.... Traffic in town centre horrendous! So best to use tour bus.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am always amazed at the splendor of these big Catholic churches and the money spent to build them. They truly show the history and values of the people of Lima. It is sad that the library is in such disrepair. It is an important site to see in Lima.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This cathedral is wonderfully diverse on the interior with so much history of Peru displayed within. It is also amazing how the builders were able to construct it with aforethought of its seismic planning. Each side chapel inside is beautifully finished and the ongoing maintenance is so encouraging to witness.

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