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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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This was SO interesting! I did not expect the tour guide to speak English, but she did. And she explained the paintings and other artwork in the basilica, as well as the catacombs... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Brandi K
Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was SO interesting! I did not expect the tour guide to speak English, but she did. And she explained the paintings and other artwork in the basilica, as well as the catacombs - which were very cool. The only downside was that pictures weren't allowed, even without a flash. But for only 10 soles and about a half hour-45... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm not one that enjoys too many historical visits but it was a very informative and very cool experience. The architecture was amazing!

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We didn't visit the museum & catacombs (old bones don't do it for me and Rome has more extensive catacombs anyway). The church itself isn't anything special - maybe I have visited too many churches! There are better churches with less fanfare in Lima. If you are short of time and have no interest in the catacombs then Santo Domingo,... More 

Thank andmar
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just to see the 11 paintings, of 3 meters tall each, by Pieter Paul Rubens is worth the visit. We did not visit the Church itself, but the Museum is really good, including the catacombs. Must see

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Staten Island, New York
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 6 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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Reviewed 6 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 6 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 

Thank MDando
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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