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Address: Plaza San Francisco | Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima, Peru
Phone Number:
+51 1 4267377
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

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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A gem of Lima

Beautiful church with a lot of things to see. Wooden ceilings and frescas, magnificent wall paintings and murals, gardens. Great catacombs. And one of the most spectacular... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful church with a lot of things to see. Wooden ceilings and frescas, magnificent wall paintings and murals, gardens. Great catacombs. And one of the most spectacular libraries in the world with outstanding incunables. And controversial Last supper painting with noncanonical contest. A guide is a must.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the church and monastery whilst exploring the historic centre of Lima. I would recommend taking the guided tour, which was very informative and allows you to see the entirety of the complex. The library, which houses over 20,000 books (which date back to the 1500s) is stunning and seeing this, as a lover of literature, was the highlight... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be sure to go inside. It is very spectacular. You can visit even when there is a ceremony taking place. The choir chairs are all hand carved and beautiful to see.

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Blackwood, Wales, UK
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had visited here before some 11 years ago and then I was armed with a small camera and took a great many poor photographs. This time we went and I was armed with an excellent camera,(I should have the reviews here, before going.), only to be told NO photographs are allowed anywhere. This was introduced 10 years ago by... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The church and catacombs are beautiful and interesting. The tour guide did a great job telling us about the history. The tour took about an hour, and we had plenty of time to see everything. No pictures are allowed inside the church, although I wanted to take my camera out multiple times. If you are in Lima for a short... More 

Thank Stephanie K
Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The church and the catacombs has its charm,but it is not something I would go if pressed for time. The whole place can be explored in less than an hour

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Singapore River, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Go to this church with a good guide who can explained all the intricate details and exciting stories within this church!

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Just the most beautiful Church. Lima city centre is a gem and along with the cathederal and plaza de armas, this was our favourite place. Stunning ornate convent with lovely Colonial architecture. It's such a peaceful place and really interesting to visit. Lovely sense of serenity and calmness, the total opposite to the hustle and bustle of the streets outside!... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our kids loved seeing all the bones in the catacombs. I thought the tour was informative and paced just right.

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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Has guided tours or alone in group, visit to the catacombs and underground tunnels. Oil from the time of the colony covered in gold leaf. Altar and pulpit carved in wood.

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