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Address: Plaza San Francisco | Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima, Peru
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+51 1 4267377
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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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 is a very good sight to spend an hour or two. We had a guide from Haku which made the stay very interesting and much better with a guide. Be sure to see the catacombs and... read more

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Powell River, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very good sight to spend an hour or two. We had a guide from Haku which made the stay very interesting and much better with a guide. Be sure to see the catacombs and the Last Supper painting. Note the Devil and the self portrait from the artist.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Feel like Indiana Jones discovering the well-kept secrets of this ancient monument. Recomendable for people of all ages.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It has been many years since I have visited this spot but I still look at the photos I got almost monthly. Skulls and bones and cross skulls and coffins pack the ancient catacombs. Definitely the most interesting cheaper attractions in a city of many faces.

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Thank Enda W
Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 6 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 6 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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Reviewed 1 week 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 

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Reviewed 1 week 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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Thank Bruno40
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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