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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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Amazing tiles, paintings and catacombs

To visit the monastery you have to do a guided tour. This was very interesting - some amazing wall tiles, paintings around the courtyard. Unfortunately no photography is allowed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Amersham, United Kingdom

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

To visit the monastery you have to do a guided tour. This was very interesting - some amazing wall tiles, paintings around the courtyard. Unfortunately no photography is allowed. Down below are the catacombs lined in parts with bones and skulls. These are quite narrow in parts so keep close to the guide if you want to keep up with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I had really anticipated this being a great monastery and was excited to see the catacombs. I thought the building was lovely and there seemed to be a lot of exhibits to view; however, the English tour was very focused on getting down to the catacombs with as few explanations as possible. It was extremely rushed- no time to read... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

It's an iconic building in Lima and it's definitely worth walking around the courtyard to soak in some of the local atmosphere (try going on a Sunday; you're likely to catch a religious procession). The actual tour is okay - you have to wait for a tour group, it's hot and crowded, there's lot of standing around...might be worth it... More 

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Lima, Peru
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This church is like few others. It not only homes some of the best religious art of the colonization era, in its underground is the museum of the inquisition. Walk through history and your way out don't forget to feed the hundreds of pigeons that will keep you company.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

With teenagers in tow, we couldn't miss the catacombs of this impressive church. Stacks of ancient bones lie in pits and niches throughout the cave-like catacombs under the church. Watch your head if you're tall, and go when it isn't crowded if you are claustrophobic, but don't miss the guide's explanation of the special round pit of bones and how... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is a colonial convent and church complex in the historical center. The convent itself is interesting and contains a nice courtyard, beautiful tile work, wood carvings, designs and works of art, including a massive "Last Supper". There is also a library containing books from the 16th century and a nice choir loft which overlooks the altar. The church has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Fantastic church, for 10 sols you get a tour of the church and the catacombs. The only downside is that they don't allow pictures of any kind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide is very knowledgable and took us to the Catacombs, explained historical footage of the works of arts and collections (paintings, writings, memorabilias, etc) Beautiful craftmanship on woodworks as seen on doors and altars of the church. We had fun shopping and negotiating with vendors selling their local art crafts and beaded necklaces of Indian design.....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Make sure you take time to visit and take the tour through this lovely old landmark. Downtown with many other interesting sights within walking distance. It was a hot day outside and we thoroughly enjoyed our time inside this beautiful, historic, building. Worth the time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Perhaps it's not really my thing but if there weren't catacombs here, I probably wouldn't have gone. The draw was definitely the Catacombs for me. It was really nice though and we had a guided tour. The paintings are pretty. The library is one of the most AMAZING I have ever seen. I was dying to take a picture, as... More 

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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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