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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Plaza San Francisco | Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima, Peru
+51 1 4267377
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Plaza San Francisco | Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima, Peru
+51 1 4267377
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Reviewed yesterday

Inexpensive and has a remarkable library right out of Harry Potter. Also, the catacombs are very interesting with bones from 25,000 bodies all stacked neatly by bone type. Also area surrounding this has lots of shops and restaurants. Definitely worth seeing.

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed yesterday

You cannot go to the historic center without visiting this couvent. Guided visits are organised at different times of the day in english and spanish and last 45 minutes aprox. It is quite a huge building and the wood work is impressive. One part of...More

Thank Anne S
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited here as part of a tour. There is a beautiful cloister with some amazing silver artifacts that are used for ceremonies. However the highlight of the visit were the catacombs. There are incredible displays of bones from the thousands of people buried under...More

Thank Wiltshire_Ian
Reviewed 1 week ago

The church of San Francisco is a good example of Spanish Baroque in the Colonial Americas. The central and side naves are painted in a mix of Spanish and Moorish style. Impressively the main altar and the choir-stalls on the gallery that are completely carved...More

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The church is noted for its architecture, with granite carved portal and a totally wooden altar. The most fascinated is the convent's library possesses about 25,000 antique texts, some of them predating the Spanish conquest. You have to visit this library! Catacombs contain thousand of...More

Thank KaterinaBouza
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't sure what to expect what the tour started but walking in the monastery and catacombs was really exciting. Our guide was knowledgeable and the inside of the monastery is stunning! it's definitely worth spending some time here.

Thank Evangelos P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A visit to this church is like a visit to large churches in Italy, in that the architecture and arts within include many different styles and symbols. And yet it is different, with the brilliant colors of Peruvian history, the paintings and sculptures representing important...More

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just the library is worth the trip here. It is beautiful monastary, with beautiful wood carvings, painting and more. The library is one of the most beautiful I have seen. The catacombs are intersting.

Thank Niloofar72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The catacombs are interesting but sad, oppressed people buying space under an oppressive church. Plastic idols built on the sites of former Gods. It made me feel sad. Clean bathrooms.

Thank Daisy S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a wonderful colonial architecture and a great tourist spot . Not to be missed. I took an uber to get to the spot . Make sure you get in before 5:00, since they close it by then

Thank Amit S
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3 February 2016|
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Response from Pangelmar | Reviewed this property |
There are tours all the time
Roxane B
16 October 2015|
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Response from Francestravels | Reviewed this property |
The church hours are different from the museum hours - the church is open between 7 and 11 am and between 4 and 8 pm. This info comes from the Services tab on their website. I don't know if they say mass during these times... More
1 July 2015|
Response from donnawatudu | Reviewed this property |
you just need to take a taxi from your hotel to the church. the tour is around $3 to $4. there are english speaking and spanish speaking docents who are with the tour.