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San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro)

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Address: Jiron Azangaro, cuadra 4, Lima, Peru
Phone Number:
+51 1 4283017
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

Built by the Jesuits in 1638, this ornate church features baroque altars...

Built by the Jesuits in 1638, this ornate church features baroque altars decorated in gold leaf, several colonial paintings and La Abuelita, the oldest bell in Peru.

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Beautiful, interesting and entertaining must see in Lima

We much enjoyed our tour of this church which is actually the former monastery of the Franciscan saints the remaining few who still inhabit it. The informative tour included the... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

We much enjoyed our tour of this church which is actually the former monastery of the Franciscan saints the remaining few who still inhabit it. The informative tour included the beautiful church and its catacombs below where Lima citizens were buried well into the 19th century.

Thank tennafinn
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

Built in 1638. Added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. It's easily accessible in the historic center of Lima. While a major tourist site, the inner courtyard is quiet and helps you escape the hustle and bustle of Lima (10 million). The catacombs are different, but again, part of history. People watching all around the perimeter is also... More 

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Kerrville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Truly a beautiful church. People watching around the square was interesting too. The catacombs, were a new experience for me. Don't know if I would want to do it again, but truly glad I did for the experience.

Thank mcginthy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Not just because I got married here, but this church - which is as good as a cathedral - has a wonderfully nice altar, with lots of gold (colored); where as the chapel as well has it's beauty. Do not forget to visit the inner plaza where it is nice and quiet and you forget you are downtown Lima

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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This will an amazing church to visit in Lima. It is about a 2 minute walk from the plaza. There were quite a bit of people when I visited. Pictures are allowed in the main sanctuary but not in the rest of the cathedral. The catacombs were great and they estimate 25,000 people were buried there. The sanctuary is free,... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

St Pedro is one of the best churches I have seen in South America. It may not look very attractive from outside and many tourists do not come here. However, the moment you enter it's doors, it's grandeur will take your breath away, The gold work and artistry spread all around the church is simply amazing.

Thank MayoorAmin
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

What was nice is there was not a huge crowd, no admission fee, although I walked in during a service. Just sat for a while. Not sure if you can do pictures, I didn't.

Thank Michael T
Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

great example of colonial Spanish style of building. Beautifully ornate with of course balconies. A must see for tourists and only a short walk from Plaza de Armas.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

A very interesting and worthwhile place to visit. Tours are mandatory. While the catacombs are the main attraction and worth a visit, the rest of the cathedral is very worthwhile.

Thank Andrew R
Monroe, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

Spanish colonial architecture, good photo ops, open to the public during and between services. There are plenty of tourists, all welcome, donations encouraged.

Thank ruukasu0808

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