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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

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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, Peru
+51 1 4267377
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Reviewed yesterday

I sold my sons on a visit to this church by telling them about the bones they'd be able to see in the catacombs. I don't think they were disappointed! Of equal interest to my husband and me, however, was the beautiful church, with woodwork...More

Thank Eva L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Haha, we were here during Halloween week, so all the catacombs and old dried bones made for a real, honest to goodness haunted house. The visit was interesting and informative but was not a wow for me.

Thank Jody1975
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visitors can only visit through a docent led tour (English or Spanish). It was about an hour total. Interesting information shared. The crypts were neat as well. This is best for school aged kids due to the tour before getting to the crypts. Our six...More

Thank EdwardMarie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cathedral is very beautiful inside. The outside is deceiving. Outside there are people selling items & feels a little unsafe. The inside has beautiful silver. We watched them cleaning some. It was very busy inside.

Thank annettep456
Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not miss the historic district in Lima. Going to the Iglesia is a walk back in time and so amazing to endured so long and so beautiful!

Thank Kelly K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this location on the last day of our trip before going to the airport. They kindly stored our luggage while we took a tour, which was helpful. The tour given in English was informative and well priced.

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 5yo children were keen to see the skeletons (catacombs). The monastery tour was in Spanish (my children speak Spanish) though they offer English speaking versions... there are English signs along the way. Beautiful building and the catacombs were fascinating. Recommend...and for children if they're...More

Thank minimoonflower
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. The catacombs were intriguing and the library was very beautiful to see.

Thank 53Shadrach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved visiting this church recently! The interior and exterior are both beautiful! You are allowed to take pictures inside the the church. To the left is where you can buy a ticket to.tour the convent and catacombs. It is pretty affordable and very worth...More

Thank Ashley C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are lots of churches you can tour in Lima...some free and others have a small entry fee. We chose Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco to get a look at the catacombs. They have been cleaned up and the bones rearranged in geometric patterns...More

Thank Brad B
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25 October 2018|
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Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
Ladies do not need to be covered and it was not shorts weather when we were there, so I can't offer an opinion on the shorts question. My guess is that knee length shorts would not be a problem, but they might react to... 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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16 July 2018|
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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