Standing proudly since 1774, Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco in World Heritage-listed central Lima has survived several earthquakes throughout its storied history. The exquisite church, recognizable for its lemon yellow facade, includes an extensive library with a worldwide reputation for excellence. You can visit the complex's creepy catacombs, used before the construction of the city's main cemetery. Use our Lima trip tool to add Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and other attractions to your Lima vacation plans.
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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco Reviews
We took a private tour including the tower. Amazing stories of faith and the power of God in a challenging time. I would go back there again. more »
One of the most prominent tourist attractions. Lovely lanes while one approaches the church. Crowded place. Small restaurants nearby. Must visit. Old redundant railway station nearby. Parking... more »
Beautiful church complex. Cloisters are cool with many pictures and garden. The library is an amazing sight. The catacombs are rather grim, but worth seeing, with many bones, skulls etc. We did not enter the Church itself owing to service in progress. The singing from the church drifted into the catacombs with strange effect.
The tour is offered in Spanish, and the quality highly depends on the pace of the whole group and the charisma of the guide. People, specially locals, tend to bring kids, which is cool for them as experiential learning but I would recommend to organize separate tours for families. There's a lot of historical nuances right in front of your nose that you might miss if you don't have proper context. Mayhaps there should be also the opportunity to meet some of the actual residents.
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