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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful church” (106 reviews)
“guided tour” (117 reviews)
“human bones” (44 reviews)
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Plaza San Francisco | Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima, Peru
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"beautiful church"
in 106 reviews
"guided tour"
in 117 reviews
"human bones"
in 44 reviews
"last supper"
in 51 reviews
"harry potter"
in 29 reviews
"old church"
in 35 reviews
"underground catacombs"
in 26 reviews
"church of san francisco"
in 23 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 70 reviews
"interesting history"
in 26 reviews
"an english speaking guide"
in 19 reviews
"interesting place"
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"guinea pigs"
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"on display"
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"entrance fee"
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"plaza mayor"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The church itself is beautiful and ornately decorated with many beautiful altars featuring typically Mary and various saints. However, the thing to visit is the catacombs. Unlike the church, which is free to enter, the catacombs have an admission fee, and you must enter with...More

Thank The_Traveling_Expat
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The catacombs, basilica and library undoubtedly deserve the praises. Unfortunately, I can’t say that about the guide. She was in a rush, did not give us time to observe things. It seemed that she does not like english speaking groups. The pigeons outside were flying...More

Thank Oksik306
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Go just for the garden, with the beautiful plantings and the many, many birds singing. I'm not much into catacombs, so I only toured the very first part and then left (all those bones!), but the gold-leaf covered saints in the sacristy were very impressive...More

Thank Gina V
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Not only the church is beautiful but you also get to tour the catacombs which is rare. Pictures are not allowed anywhere and it is a well guided tour.

Thank enid a
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It was an interesting tour, but it was a wait to get started because the tour begins whenever enough people are seated waiting inside. So, be patient and know you won't be given a specific tour time and may need to wait. If you can...More

Thank Katy A
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Reviewed 6 days ago

You are taken round by an English-speaking guide. You get the catacombs with skulls and bones - but a whole lot more. Beautiful religious architecture and interiors from the colonial era and a fabulous dusty old library which looks like it has been frozen in...More

Thank DarwinBeagle
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Reviewed 1 week ago

By taking the guided tour of the church, we had the opportunity to learn more about the history between the native population and the Spanish conquistadors, but this time from the Franciscan Order's perspective. There are a lot of beautiful paintings, wood sculptures, an old...More

Thank norbert_agoston
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Touring this place you're quickly plunged into colonial & religious history. The catacombs contain many bones, now carefully arranged. There's lots of artwork & carving. The actual church is closed 12-4 (siesta time!) but you can look round the rest of the place. Using a...More

Thank Andy F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An intriguing religious complex from the colonial period. While the sections above ground are interesting and, in many respects, quite beautiful, it's the catacombs below the building that are truly fascinating. The only downside is that you can't take photos anywhere inside the building (which...More

Thank mneylon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little street where so many monuments are located, looks like it is out of spain! We did not go inside but just look pictures from outside during our city tour.

Thank Kalindi D
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Alexandra D
17 July 2018|
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Response from Sarah6333851 | Reviewed this property |
Hi - They should have a website with their hours. The tours run all the time. As soon as they have enough people to take off, they go with a group. You meet in the little building near the entrance to the sanctuary. The... More
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leahau
28 January 2018|
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Response from Marjorie M | Reviewed this property |
One of the girls working in the church told me they only close on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. But of course, always best to double check.
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Elizabeth D
16 November 2017|
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Yes, not a problem and separate areas
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