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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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This beautiful church is a must see as you tour Lima. It has a spectactular plaza and the yellow color is very inspiring.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This beautiful church is a must see as you tour Lima. It has a spectactular plaza and the yellow color is very inspiring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the monastery after our walking tour of the center of Lima and we found really interesting both the catacombs and the area of the monastery! The library room is as if it came out of a movie and the huge dome is imposing! It can be visited only with a guided tour that is arranged on the spot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This church is crawling with all the Spanish influence one could want. From the silver and gold design, to the Milagros, and the Arab influence that was so present in Spanish design, this church keeps your eyes occupied at every turn. As you walk down the church you can see the steps down into the catacombs. In order to enter... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We started out in the Plaza San Martin and walked to the Plaza de Armas - from there we came to the Church of San Francisco and the Catacombs. This was well worth the nice walk. There is no photography allowed, but that is fine. Take your time and listen to the guide because there is a lot to learn... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The church is historic and beautiful. MAKE SURE to visit the catacombs underneath. There are multiple levels filled with skeletons. Interestingly the entire structure seems to have been built on an ancient pyramid. No one there will confirm this however as the lowest levels were closed when we visited. The top level is made with kiln-fired brick, pointing to spanish... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

take the free city tour & then go see the catacomes we were told. what great advice the church is amazing sharing culture unfamiliar to us in a gracious & beautiful manner. Fascinating to learn of the art school the storage of relics & remains and the choir loft & library were amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The church itself is beautiful, with a lot of decorations. But it's also worth to pay the fee to go to the monastery and below the church

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is very nice, but there is an entrance fee - just making sure you know as many people dont want to visit churches you have to pay for. There are a lot of nice painting and some of these are quite untraditional. We went here with our 9 year old son and a few of the paintings really... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit in Lima, but I recommend finding your own personal tour guide through another company. The English guide provided had no energy, rushed us through the tour, and was difficult to understand. I found myself staying in the rooms to read the information for myself--would have enjoyed having more time to spend here without feeling so rushed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A recent trip to Peru to see Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lima ended with some empty hours on our last day. We decided to give the Catacombs of this Cathedral a look. It is easy to find the cathedral, it is just a few blocks away from Plaza Mayor. The Cathedral and its grounds look aged and tired. In use... More 

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