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San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro)

Jiron Azangaro, cuadra 4, Lima, Peru
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Ranked #7 of 134 Attractions in Lima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Built by the Jesuits in 1638, this ornate church features baroque altars decorated in gold leaf, several colonial paintings and La Abuelita, the... more » Owner description: Built by the Jesuits in 1638, this ornate church features baroque altars decorated in gold leaf, several colonial paintings and La Abuelita, the oldest bell in Peru. « less
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Lima, Peru
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129 reviews 129 reviews
36 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

One of three musts (Cathedral, St Francisco).The Jesuit church and college/ monastery dating back to 1618. Unlike several churches which are fairly bare inside this is packed with beautifully restored gold gilt altars and decorated arches in a huge church. Lots of paintings including Bitti, and history. All the colonial styles up to 1760. We had a private tour and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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2,308 reviews 2,308 reviews
807 attraction reviews
928 helpful votes 928 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

You can almost overdose on churches in Lima, they are everywhere, but having said that, the architecture is wonderful. Very grand and very special as a building.

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Michigan
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170 reviews 170 reviews
45 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Not sure you could miss this church if you've a day in Lima as it's on every tour and in every tour book. It's a grand church with more gold gilt than I've seen almost anywhere,plenty of artistic detail and loads of history. As it's a free attraction and an easy one to do on your own - with a... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Stunning architecture, an amazing library full of centuries old books.....and then there's the catacombs and secret tunnels beneath the church, tombs and the bones of thousands of bodies, a truly incredible place

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Sumgait
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I had a tour inside the Church and came to like the Spanish Architecture. Quite a nice place where you are embraced with the history

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Cazu247@Hotmail.com
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358 reviews 358 reviews
151 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I was impressed with how the church maintained both the inka tradition and the forced catholic traditions. Our guide made it seem that the spanish forced all their culture on them just to destroy thier identity.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Worthy visit, very charm and full o history. There is a fee entrance but it is cheap and there is some material to come along.

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Shanghai, China
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Our guidebook recommended this church, and I have to say it was by far the best part of my 36-hour tour of Lima. For 9/soles per person (about £2.5), we were able to take a small English tour of the grounds. The history of the church is fascinating and it is incredibly beautiful. If there is one thing to see... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

English travelers have tours available once per hour, so for you fellow Americans... test out your spanish on the 'native' tour!

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Newport News, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

very old church 100's of years old. They use to bury people way down below the church ( like 1000's of bodies). you get a guide to explain everything in the church. make sure you have time to do this tour.

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