This monasterio has several attractive reasons to make a stop at it. We got a Mirabus tour that included the visit of this attraction in the center of Lima. The tour took about an hour and we got to see the second oldest library in south America. The library is half closed to the public in the sense that there is a cord that prevents tourists from going completely inside the library, but you still get to see the room with its interesting structure, atmosphere and smeel of the old wood and books. It really feels as if you were in a Harry Potter film. We also got to see the church from the upper level, a beauty, and the organ with its 500 pipes (or was it a thousand?), as well as the cloister, and of course the high point of interest for many, the catacombs. The interesting story about this is that it seems there is a complex system of underground galleries in the Lima area which is still undiscovered to date, where people literally used to be buried (just like in Paris, there were no cemetaries until fairly late and the bodies were taken underground). The starting point of that complex network was apparently here.
Outside, you have tons of birds waiting to be fed by visitors and locals, always a reason to take nice pictures. It reminded me the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, though much smaller. At one point, all the birds started flying in circles for a while and I thought we were seeing a sequel of the Hichcock film. Thankfully, these birds are tame.
Overall, a nice visit, and an instructive one too if you have a good guide that will answer your questions a not rush you through this.
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