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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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Impressive travel in time

This is a very interesting tour several hundred years back in time, with parts of the church and the library in amazingly good condition. Our guide spoke very good English, and... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a very interesting tour several hundred years back in time, with parts of the church and the library in amazingly good condition. Our guide spoke very good English, and was rich in historical facts. The highlight for me was the tour thru the catacombs where 25 000 people has been buryed thru time. Lots of human skulls and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautifully preserved church with a picturesque courtyard, the tour was an interesting one with many murals and detailing such as ornate tiling and woodwork, plus the opportunity to go down below into the catacombs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There was quite a wait to receive a tour for the catacombs, but the wait was worth it when really interesting facts were being shared.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took a tour from our hotel to visit the center of Peru and Barranco. We really enjoyed the tour of the Monestary and the catecombs below.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had to wait about 20 minutes for an English tour guide. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and easily understandable. We were disappointed that no pictures were allowed during the whole tour of the church and catacombs. The tour was long and too detailed. I do think that I would have preferred a self guided tour. Our pace had to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Toured the church and adjacent convent with the catacombs. Waited for the tour in English. Good historical information provided. One of the highlights of the tour was the library...felt like a scene out of Harry Potter. Really ancient looking books. Catacombs were cool, especially if never having seen any before. My younger children were definitely intrigued by how the bones... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is an amazing place to go. You get a great student discount and they have tours in Spanish and English. My group decided not to wait for the English tour and went with the Spanish tour. You still get to see the tour and the catacombs which are really cool. Don't lose your tour guide though. We believe we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The convent of San Francisco does not allow pictures or videos, but is a nice monestary and church to see. It has books 2'X3' from the early 1600s. It has great altar works and paintings as well. I believe some work needs to go into climate control for some of the libraries treasures, but they were amazing to see. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The tours are guided, and explain about the many rooms. The courtyards are especially pretty. But do it for the bones! In the Catacombs thousand have been buried by the monks so they can be close to god. The monks have carefully sorted and arranged the bones by type, and then into designs! A must see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, clean, well maintained plaza. We arrived via Turibus tour and watched the changing of the guard, which was nice, but hard to see through the gates and crowd.

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