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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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Creepy! That's gooooood!

If you are shocked by skulls and bones, or if you are claustrophobic this might not be your dream place. But if you want to be in a place built in 1600-1700, so this is for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Santa Ana, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Santa Ana, San Jose, Costa Rica
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

If you are shocked by skulls and bones, or if you are claustrophobic this might not be your dream place. But if you want to be in a place built in 1600-1700, so this is for you! The library is exquisite, the wood, the floor, all the different church areas, the catacombs, the history. You pay almost nothing and get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

A must see, if you like authentic historical local. For photographers, flash and tripods don't seem to be allowed or welcome, but all guests are. A beautiful place to see

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Spectacular monastery which reminded us of the large one in Lisbon...don't miss it...azuelos from Portugal, intricate carved furniture, great library and cloister.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Best part of the tour was the catacombs, you get to see actual bones from the old burial sites. They are lined up and displayed in a dark dungeon-like environment with very low ceiling heights. Very interesting place. Pretty courtyward above ground.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Tour was interesting but very quick. We were done in half an hour with no opportunity to go back and revisit or read any of the displays. Our tour guide spoke broken English, which probably didn't help our understanding.

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Cusco, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The catacombs were interesting and the church itself full of all the gold and posh ceremonial things I´m sure Christ would have wanted. Reminded me of the fine furnishings of the King Ludwig castles in Germany... such humble and modest Golden art!

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Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The chuch is very interesting, the Monastery beautiful, the catacombs quite an experience. Maybe the souvenir shop was quite modest

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

45 minutes tour in a beautiful church and catacombs. we enjoyed the English tour. The history of the church, the Spanish conquerors and especially the catacombs were very interesting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

First you have to go early because it is located in Downtown Lima that can get very crowd during rush hours, but once you are in there time flows and the turist guide transports you onto the Colonial times and explains everything about the catholic traditions and the Inquisition and helps you to learn a little more about that part... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Very interesting display, though you can't take pictures. Or rather you shouldn't, you know. The library is an embarrassment, they are taking very little care of 500-years-old books.

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