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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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From the outside, the church looks nice, but not out of the ordinary. When you visit the monastery, you are overwhelmed with the fine art. A must see is the crypt, with all the... read more

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Londerzeel, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

From the outside, the church looks nice, but not out of the ordinary. When you visit the monastery, you are overwhelmed with the fine art. A must see is the crypt, with all the bones.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The San Francisco Monastery is a 17th-century church of Spanish Baroque design in the center of Lima, a large complex, incorporating a convent, a temple and two separate churches called La Soledad (The Solitude) and El Milagro (The Miracle). We have explored the eerie catacomb beneath the church. It is an underground cemetery where it is said that around 75,000... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Be sure to go downstairs to the crypt to see all of the bones laid throughout the catacombs. This cathedral was one of the highlights of our trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great guide, we paid 40soles each for us both - well worth it as he was able to give us 2hrs of history on this beautiful church and convent We visited the crypt, the bell tower , the many rooms and library etc Books dated from the 1600s Stunning

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful church with room upon room of art and relics. The tour was very informative - and in English.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit - there are regular guided tours (in both English and Spanish) and the catacombs underneath the church are fascinating containing the bones of thousands of former residents of the city.

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Arequipa, Peru
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's an amazing place to visit, just the thought of so much history in front of you is enough to give you goose bumps. It's a 350 odd year old church, it has catacombs underneath it as was the norm before cemeteries were used for burials, this church has about 20 000 bodies in it, the bones have been placed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was exploring the historic district and was delighted to discover that this church offered a guided tour of the connected convent. I took the first available one, which was in Spanish, and did my best to understand the guides. As they spoke so quickly, I was relieved to discover enough signs in English for me to piece together key... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's also called Monastery of San Francisco in English. My wife and I were here on a Globus tour. Tour director was very good in giving us the history and various sights in the Monastery. There are 3 levels of catacombs, which may not be for those faint of heart, or claustrophobia. BUT it is very interesting and is a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the catacomb tour which was very informative. It's definitely worth a couple hours on your trip.

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