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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 2 days ago via mobile

The church is beautiful and the cloisters are a tranquil haven in the city. The paintings and Athens hidden murals are fascinating. We had a tour guide with us, so helped explain the history of the Franciscan monastery and the church. The catacombs however, even...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank PandMat50
Reviewed 6 days ago

The tour around the San Francisco Monastery costs 15 Soles for adults and includes a 30 minute tour with a bilingual guide that explains its history and stories of different parts of the building. By far the coolest part is the ancient library which features...More

Date of experience: February 2019
23  Thank WilliamThomas
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped here during on our full day tour of Lima. The church itself is quite beautiful, and dates from 1620, and there are many be wonderful examples of the architecture of that time. The catacombs beneath the church make this visit different from the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank IguanaHunter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this church as part of our tour of Peru. Our guide showed us the neat artwork - eg the scene of the last supper with Jesus and the apostles eating Guinea pig and with dogs in the painting. But the nearest part is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Joanne N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As another place to know in the center of Lima we came to this church and we didn’t get disappointed. The interior of the church is beautiful. My husband and my son enjoyed it very much!!! They got to feed the birds, they bought stuff...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank anagentile2007
Reviewed 1 week ago

The church and convent are not only architecturally significant but the inside and the catacombs are something to see while in Lima, Peru. The catacombs are wonderful and yet eerie. The choir was singing while we visited and the acoustics below in the catacombs were...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Glen U
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful church and monastery we visited late afternoon so it was daylight on arrival and dusk when leaving so we got to see it illuminated and it truly was beautiful. I would say to anyone who is visiting pay the 7.00 sols...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Boho1979
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to tour the catacombs (and other facets of the church) you have to be on an organised tour - either English or Spanish, but the times aren't promulgated anywhere - they just tell you at the desk the time of the next...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Zeddy_14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very beautiful, quiet, historic, and a truly spiritual haven for rest, prayer, or meaningful tourism. The religious artwork is stunning wherever you look. The mixed/baroque architecture just embraces the visitors and pilgrims with a hospitable journey into theology through artistic expression. I thoroughly enjoyed this...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jsedj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place proposes guided visit (in spanish in my case) included in the entrance price. Every single room of this place is gorgeous. Furthermore, the guide was speaking a very understandable spanish.

Date of experience: January 2019
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25 October 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
25 October 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