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“Beautiful artifacts”

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Well worth having a professional guide to explain the history of the many exhibits. Shame about the photography ban, even in the outside areas

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Worth a visit. Costs a small fee to get in, but the tour was very interesting and the catacombs are cool to see.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

The monks lived in the midst of fine and even exquisite works of art, some Zurbaran paintings, a beautiful cloister with garden, a church with a collection of breathtaking chapels, eerie catacombs underground with stocks of human bones, but for me the top attraction being the ancient library said to house 25,000 documents in all sorts of languages, making it perhaps the finest store of knowledge in all South America for a time. It makes you reflect on the monastic life, on the true motivations of the Church as key partner in the Conquest of the New World and even as the very conscience of that Conquest. Be sure to check for daytime closings of the church to plan your timing there as we were shooed out the door for lingering too long to gawk before its wonders. Its right in the citys historic core neighborhood close to the cathedral. There are visits leaving frequently in English, French and in some other languages.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

This monastery is an essential destination for any foreign and national tourists. Get into the Catacombs of this convent and lives part of the history of listening to stories guide...

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

This monastery is an essential destination for any foreign and national tourists. Get into the Catacombs of this convent and lives part of the history of listening to stories guide...

Thank viajeraymr
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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