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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

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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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Plaza San Francisco | Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima, Peru
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great place to visit if you are interested in historical or religious sites. The catacombs are great if you are looking for an instant way of confront in your own mortality. The monk library is also really impressive, it's a shame most of the books...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Really beautiful church. Special thing to see is the crypt with the old bones. It's best to have the tour. There is one in English.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

As we were walking up Av Larco from the beach, we approached Kennedy Park. As we approached, we thought this was an old abandoned church, but upon a closer look, realized it was still in use. It looked as though it had just had a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank naturallyinnature
Reviewed 6 days ago

The tour I was able to take within the Iglesia was very interesting, and definitely worth the time. Great history here. I wish I had had more time to spend here.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank John P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We’re not religious people but the information and collection of antiques, original artwork and catacombs in this museum were amazing. It was like travelling back in time. Pity photos are not allowed. The architecture was stunning and the inner gardens very relaxing. We visited San...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Maggie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wither on the city tour or on your own this site will wow you with its story’s and history. Make sure to walk through the Catacombs and also take a moment to stand in the square and take it the facade and also the pigeons...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jadskee
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of Moorish decor throughout reflecting the history. An expansive site with garden, courtyard, catacombs, chapels aplenty, intricate design features and murals. Well worth taking a tour.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ray M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The $5 fee to tour the building and catacombs is well worth the price. The site contains the bones of over $25,000 people in the underground catacombs. The building houses done very impressive artwork and woodwork. No photos allowed inside.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank wallyworld2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited Lima with some friends to enjoy the gastronomy and architecture, one of the most popular sites was the convent of San francisco, i wanted to visit this chuch many years ago because it's one of the most important in Peru. the day that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank serena c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely Franciscan church, restaured after the earthquake, with a lovely architecture and tiles. The catacombs are very well preserved.

Date of experience: November 2018
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October 25, 2018|
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Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
Ladies do not need to be covered and it was not shorts weather when we were there, so I can't offer an opinion on the shorts question. My guess is that knee length shorts would not be a problem, but they might react to... More
October 25, 2018|
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Response from Chr S | Reviewed this property |
No, you can enter as you are, no need to cover.
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Response from KAF0460 | Reviewed this property |
Nothing to add to the previous answer; this is an excellent spot to visit and well worth the timed and minimal expense
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McHenry, Illinois
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco English Speaking Tour? (1 Replies)
Hello, we will be traveling to Lima in a few weeks, and I was thinking of taking a tour of "Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco". Does anyone know if there is an English Speaking Tour, and if so the time that the tour is? Can we just show up and pay on site for the tour, or is it something that needs to be booked in advance? I can't get onto their website, so I was hoping one of you could help me out. Thank you.
April 28, 2016|
Response fromchinaloveland|
Yes, there are some English Guide Tours daily. I forgot the schedule. I walked in at 10:00 (14/s pp) and just waited for 5~10 minutes. Don’t miss the ivory Christ statue at the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad.
Sydney, Australia
Services at Churches (7 Replies)
Hi Guys, This is probably a really stupid question, I'm not a very religious person, so I'm not sure, but do many churches in Peru have services everyday? I'm only asking because there is a fair few churches that I want to check out when I'm in Lima, but wasn't sure if they might be having a service, and I don't really want to barge in on a service, nor do I particularly want to sit through one to be honest. I've gotten all the Opening Times for the churches off Limaeasy, but they didn't...More
August 13, 2012|
Response frommlgb E|
You can walk quietly through the side aisles and have a seat during services without needing to stay for the whole thing, not a problem. Sometimes the only open hours are during services or other uses. If you make a donation it is appreciated but not usually required. (The cathedral and San Francisco require a tour fee though). Be sure to remove your hat!
Seattle, Washington
Half Day in Lima (6 Replies)
We are in Lima for only a short time so I'm wondering what everyone would recommend to see in a half day period. We are arriving at 10:55am and leaving the next morning for Cusco so realistically we only have the afternoon and evening to explore Lima. At the moment, here are some of the activities I'm thinking of but I want to keep it realistic and don't want to try to pack too many things in. - Walk or bike the Miraflores boardwalk and see the lighthouse and Parque del Amor (rent bikes or...More
September 25, 2016|
Response fromPerry K|
Mira Flores area including boardwalk is a good idea. I actually liked Kennedy Park. We were at the restaurant where the ruins are and it was excellent. Can't remember what we had ( 7 years ago). The Mall is definitely worth a visit with some restaurants/cafes facing the ocean. Pardos Chicken is awesome! I would get a cab to give you a tour of downtown. You could do the double decker bus but you are tight for time. A driver will take you to the main cathedrals, government building etc....More