Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo

Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo

Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo
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Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this Church and Monastery contains the tombs of Santa Martin de Porres and Peru's other famous saint, Santa Rosa de Lima.
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This Convent is a religious Catholic Complex in the Historic District of Lima. After being destroyed by several earthquakes, the new simpler construction began in the 1500s and it took them 50 years to complete. In several areas, the damage can still be clearly seen. The Bell Tower was under construction when we visited, but the new design with the octagonal form at the base will keep it from destroyed again. Along with the top Tower, the structure stands at approximately 151 feet.

The Church inside was rebuilt in the Renaissance style, with artwork and paintings alongside a Carrera Marble Jesus of the Columns Statue. The carvings on the wall are also artistic and beautiful.

The Chapel is home to the three Peruvian Saints – St. Rose of Lima in the center, St. Martin de Porras to the left, and St. John Macias to the right. Details of the deeds of the three of them are shown on plaques and in paintings.

Both the Cloisters are lovely – the pink one near the entrance is more ornate than the simpler yellow one at the back. It has Moorish-inspired carved arches, intricate woodwork, Spanish tile work on almost every wall and pole, and pretty gardens surrounding the central fountain. The one in the back has a cluster of statues of all the Saints of Peru depicting their good deeds, plus arches all around.

One of the worthiest places to visit was the Library – not just for the 25000 rare, antique and revered books, but also for the artistic coppered ceilings.

As we were leaving the Monastery, we saw the blue and white tiled Tomb of Saint Maria under the conference room. She was the first woman Saint of the Americas. There were also some replicas of the actual skulls of the three main saints on a table, plus a picture on the front facing wall of what they must have looked like in actual life. Very interesting…!

We were glad we came with a guide. He pointed out all the important aspects of this monastery along with a tremendous amount of history.

Absolutely worth a visit.

Written 8 October 2023
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Greenvilledan
Greenville, TX1,464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Inside the monastery is a beautiful courtyard. There is a large fountain in the middle of a square of moorish influenced arches and Spanish tiles imported from Seville Spain.

Very impressive! It is as if you are transported to Seville. The architecture and tile are gorgeous and were installed in 1606.

The monastery also has an incredible library with over 20,000 volumes of books. It reminds me of the library of Trinity University in Ireland. Well worth seeing .

The monastery also includes the tomb of Saint Maria the first saint of the Americas. It is underneath a conference room and you can visit it by going down very narrow/short stairs.
Written 20 September 2022
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traveldoc
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We did the tour first and had an English speaking guide. He showed us the bell tower - where you can see all over Lima. Then he showed us the tombs of Saint Rose of Lima and St Martin de Porres. GREAT people filled with love and high regard for the poor. The photo of the church from the tour (second floor) was one of the most "liked" pictures I have ever posted on Facebook. After the tour, we attended 7pm mass Saturday night which we loved (even though it was in Spanish).
Written 31 January 2022
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Questovia
Wells, ME1,171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Gorgeous interior and a very interesting mural of the European entrance into Peru. Also like the catacomb are. Interesting church full of history and beauty and a nice little cafe!
Written 14 December 2021
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sschafer
Peoria, IL148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
A must-see for any visitor to Lima. Could do better on interpretation for the international visitor. Most signs were multi-lingual, but conducted tours were not.
Written 19 October 2021
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mikesierra
Bourne, UK1,995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Well worth about 30 minutes here for the 10 Sol (3 USD) entry fee. It is home to the remains of 3 Peruvian Saints and is set in beautiful cloisters and chapels. Pick up a single sheet guide in English, which shows the areas to visit. It’s just off the Plaza de Armas so include in your visit to this area. Very clean toilet facilities too!
Written 18 April 2020
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited on a walking tour of downtown Lima but were only able to see a small amount because there was a church service in progress. Nonetheless, the place was impressive.
Written 29 March 2020
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Nancy K
Fort Myers, FL353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
From the courtyard entrance to the ornate library to the catacombs, this monastery has it all! Typical Spanish architecture with European influence. Lots of walking inside but few steps.
Written 28 February 2020
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1234texas
Seabrook, TX2,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were most impressed with the front facade of the main monastery building--big and beautiful. It captures your attention with nice design and size. There is a great deal of archaeological work going on in the front courtyard/square. They have been uncovering the ancient cobblestone roads that were the first in Lima. The workmanship on them is really impressive for the time.

As for the monastery (which still has a small staff of monks--none of whom are to be seen on the property and who reside in private chambers) there is a great deal to see. At one time, there were over 250 monks and the support structures for that many monks are extremely impressive. The "meeting hall" with the great ceiling and paintings is testimony as to the past wealth of the Catholic Church in Peru.

Because the building has been hit by a number of earthquakes, you can see damage to many areas, artifacts and the structure itself. However, the incredible interlocking wood ceiling (all built without nails) is a sight to behold. It is held in place by pressure of the individual pieces on each other and the hand cut tongue and groves well hidden from view.

The catacombs are one of the reason many people visit the monastery. They are very interesting and have a great deal of history wrapped up in them. It has not been all that long ago that wealthy church members could still be buried under the sanctuary. I was expecting a more elaborate burial site, but this one is mostly pits with recently "art directed" bones placed in areas to capture your attention is a macabre sort of way. I will spare you the details of the how the bodies and subsequent remains were dealt with, but it is interesting... The chambers are deep beneath the structure, and it is a very tight space to navigate with minimal light. The old brick and stone work is impressive and has held up well against the earthquakes.

The sanctuary is attractive, but not spectacular when compared to others. The old dome is really an interesting sight that is not to be missed.

We liked this stop and the surrounding area has a number of sights to see. The Presidential palace is close by, and a very nice plaza is in front of it. There is a great deal of security (many armed with AK 47s) and some in SWAT gear that can be a little disturbing, but you will get over it. This is a sight well worth your time.
Written 23 February 2020
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aviatrix2000
Arlington Heights, IL255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We kind of stumbled into this one, because I'm a sucker for catacombs. We did the self-guided tour, and it was peaceful to walk around at our own pace. The spaces reserved for the saints are inspirational. Even if this is not your faith tradition, the historical stories behind these saints and the influence that they have had on Catholic Lima is important and interesting. We enjoyed seeing Tobias the cat lounging in the sun. But we got lucky, and got waved over to join a guide and one other patron heading up into the tower. I've gotta be honest, I don't really like those stairs. But I made it and really enjoyed the view. Enjoyed the creepy mannequins in the library. Bet that's fun for the night watchman!
Written 21 January 2020
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