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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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Plaza San Francisco | Jirón Lampa y Ancash, Lima, Peru
+51 1 4267377
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great story of St. Francis of Asisi and the Franciscan order. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and there's so much to see here, including the catacombs, and the many beautiful paintings. From Miraflores, it took about 20 min by taxi, depending on traffic and...More

Thank Ivan D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Must see if you are in Lima. So ornate and beautiful. By tickets if you would like to see the catacombs as well as they are worth seeing. Most historical Lima tours stop at this site.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a great highight on my trip, i love the building to the bits, there are daily tours taking you inside the church, and explaining the art works and the historical facts. The tour also takes us to a massive cemetery built under the...More

Thank Robson M
Reviewed 3 days ago

The exterior of the building is very nice and original and also the cloister, with nice azulejos (Spanish ceramic tiles). The catacombs were very interesting, particularly how they were built to avoid earthquakes. You can check in advance the schedule of guided tours in different...More

Thank Aleph_999
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An unusual tour through and under the Cathedral. The library was very interesting with its many large books. The walk through the catacombs where 25,000 people were buried is a different experience.

Thank Blueseas30
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A truly impressive place with all the munks bones arranged in various patterns. The church has lots of paintings by colonial artists

Thank Oscar-Becerra
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can take photos inside the church itself ,but not in the museum part or crypt . It is a little boring photos aren't allowed but rules should be followed . Also the guided groups tend to be a little to big ,if there is...More

Thank Mattias H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco is really cool. Monks have lived there for hundreds of years. There is beautiful artwork & woodwork. The church above the catacombs is beautiful with a Moorish influence. The catacombs beneath the church are amazing. You walk through...More

Thank Shawn7295
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For me this is the highlight of Lima if you exclude the Huacas (I am biased because my love for Archeology) it is such an interesting visit from the Church, to the monastery with its cloisters and specially the catacombs with 25000 people buried under...More

Thank Ricardo B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made a citytour in Lima and this was the best part. The convento has primorous decoration in the ceilings, the library remember us Harry Potter's- so beautiful. The catacombs are very impressive.

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Hi, Can you tell me if you just show up between the hours of 9:30 - 17:45 (5:45) to purchase an English guided tour? Or is this something you have book on-line or by calling?
2 February 2016|
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Response from Pangelmar | Reviewed this property |
There are tours all the time
Roxane B
Hello, I have searched the web to find the service/mass times at the Monasterio/Iglesia de San Francisco but without much success. Can anyone tell me what their mass times are? Or where I can find this information. Thank you very much :)
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
Who is a good tourcompany to go with for the catacombs in Lima?
30 June 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.