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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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Do not miss the catacombs

This classic catholic church is still one of the most concurred in Lima. The catacombs are great, and the price is very low.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This classic catholic church is still one of the most concurred in Lima. The catacombs are great, and the price is very low.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Great bargain, guided tour for about $2.50 admission price. The church is interesting, but the catacombs below are a must see and are part of the guide tour.

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Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This old monastery has catacombs under it that house thousands of bones. Interesting architecture, and an old library that looks like it's out of "diagon alley" in the Harry Potter films.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I'm not sure how we found this, but it was well worth the 2 or 3 bucks paid. The bones were the best part and although they said no pics I got some of the catacombs anyway! There is an awesome library that is not being preserved. It should be in glass and better protected from the elements.

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Indialantic, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We toured the old monastery and catacombs while in the historic district of Lima. The old library is beautiful. Hopefully, they will be able to restore the books someday. The monastery reminded me of those we toured in Europe, and the tile is definitely identifiable with Seville. There are also gorgeous frescos and other artwork to admire. A beautiful mix... More 

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Heredia, Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This tour is only 7 soles and is just AMAZING, the works of art, the building itself such a magnificent place. It takes like an hour but is just amazing place after place! Best of the things we did in Lima

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This was a great place with heaps to see unfortunately you were put into groups and walked around and only the paintings they thought were important were discussed. There was no free time to read about other art work and no times for questions. If you looked at something else you were left behind and missed the next piece of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

If you are going to the Plaza de Armas, don’t miss the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, a couple of blocks away. Short and inexpensive tours (7 Peruvian soles for adults), offered in English as well as in Spanish, provide a glimpse of the role of the church in Spanish colonial history. The architecture of the church, completed in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Went here with my partner today, it cost 7sol each with the tour included which is great value for money, it was informative and interesting throughout and well worth the money and a must if in lima

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Very interesting. It is not necessary to spend too much time here. We used the Cathedral guide, and the tour was interesting. The highlight, of course, is the catacombs, but you do not need to spend much time with them. It is very warm in the catacombs and only one group can walk through at a time.

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