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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
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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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A Must See Spot in Lima, Peru

Iglesias y Convento de San Francisco is a must see attraction in central Lima, Peru. The catacombs and the library are truly interesting and thought provoking. Your impressions... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Iglesias y Convento de San Francisco is a must see attraction in central Lima, Peru. The catacombs and the library are truly interesting and thought provoking. Your impressions will be influenced by the quality of your tour guide. The narrative certainly gives you an idea of the history and sacred values of the church and its followers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was on our tour of Lima. The church was lovely and we enjoyed the tour. While I understand that resources are limited for restoration and preservation, the condition of the library and the paintings is disappointing. Many rare and unique books are in danger of disintegrating. It's definitely worth a visit.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The church is lovely but the catacombs are very unusual. The bodies have been disassembled and grouped by types of bone. Our guide wasn't sure why it was done that way. I liked the way the church and catacombs opened up to each other. It was for easy access from the church to the catacombs during a funeral but you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm not a huge fan of touring a lot of churches, but this one was great. The preserved and reconstructed catacombs were very interesting. Not for the easily sooked, the real remains of thousands of people who rest there are a sight to see. Yes, I had scary dreams that night!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To visit the convent, a guide tour is required. We found the place is the most worthwhile place to visit in Lima central historical area. The tour is compact, at times I felt being rushed. There are multiple groups, I understand they have the need to move the groups with certain pace. I wish we can look at the paintings... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The San Francisco church is a interesting place to learn about the peruvian culture, the architecture of this great church is beautifull, it has a colonial style in addition there are many catacoms in this church, there are many bones that decorate some spaces of this church

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately there was a funeral at the time I wanted to visit and the next time I went it was locked up.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had very little time here but make sure to do the tour. It takes you under the church to the catacombs where thousands of people were buried. The outside of the church is also a great photo op. So iconic with Lima. Really beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A large & impressive church in downtown Lima. Although you may have to wait 15-30 minutes for your particular language, it is worth taking one of the hour long guided tours. This enables you to visit many more areas of the church, including a beautiful library, the gu Miraflores Park at 11am & involves a bus ride & lots of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

be careful to have a good guide, as we had… or at least be a bit prepared in advance reading something about on travel books… we hear too many stupid comments from Italian tourists while visiting themselves the catacombs…. The history and culture around san Francesco need a bit of explanation; the site is nice, crowd of people bur clean... More 

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