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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco: Tours & Tickets

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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 15001, Peru
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Reviewed yesterday

Did the English speaking tour and found it an interesting place. The guide gave us an in-depth explanation into the catacombs and there are some fantastic pieces of art inside. As with other tours I did in Lima, the only downside was it took ages...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank gunner187
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm pretty sure you can not tour the Catacombs without going with a guide. Upon arrival into lobby, check in for a guided tour. Explain which language you want your guide to speak. Our guide was very informed and walked us through the maze of...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank ReddingNorCalGal
Reviewed 1 week ago

The centre of Lima is crammed with 'monuments to greed' , The Convent of San Francisco is still in use although much of it is open to visitors - the catacombs are laid out in cabinets of leg bones or skulls - a little spooky,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank yandinazetland
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting place to visit in Lima. However, a good guide is needed to appreciate the finer details

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank RajaR957
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our local guide provided us with lots of historical information and a local perspective. The catacombs, library, and history of the site was interesting.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Pat B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best to visit with a local guide. Even in death there were differences between the rich and the poor.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank PeterD218
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really interesting monastery/museum. You actually get to go into the catacombs and see all the bones, which is kinda creepy but cool. The only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 stars is because our English-speaking guide didn't speak very good English...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank tracyanne90
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the most impressive old church we have seen world wide. But good to know how Franciscan monks lived there. Still don't know why there were 40,000 dead bodies in the basement. My GF liked them, but I could have skipped them.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the monastery and convent as part of city tour, so our tour guide was able to provide great insight into the catacombs and the history of this church to include the secret city of tunnels leading to the coast. You need a tour guide...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank CodyDC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This complex was rebuilt in the 17th century after a massive earthquake some years before. The Baroque church facade is two towers which flank an altar stone over the entrance. Within is a library,the high altar, cloister and garden and the catacombs that were utilized...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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25 October 2018|
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Response from FFXpumpkin04 | Reviewed this property |
There are no restrictions, BUT provocative clothing is more for the “lower class”. Perú is mostly catholic, so being prepared to go to churches, or even indigenous temples, proper attire is expected. Source: I’m... 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