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Basílica y Convento de San Francisco is the Spanish name for Saint Francis Monastery located in Lima, Peru, south of Parque la Muralla and one block northeast from the Plaza Mayor. The church and convent are part of the Historic Centre of Lima, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991. Aside from a church and monastery it also contains a library and catacombs. In this church, Jude the Apostle is venerated. At the feast of Saint Jude Tadeus a one and a half ton weighing silver stand is carried round in procession by 40 people, starting from the convent.
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|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
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|Thursday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
Fun place to visit , shows the imoprtance lima had back in the day. Certain parts still not accessible so hopefully in the future you can revisit. Great touring into medieval times
Tour comes with the ticket. Catacombs are interesting. Knowledgeable guides. No photos allowed.
Please don't get me wrong... the place is beautiful, but unfortunately the attention is terrible... during the 45min I stayed at the waiting area (after I refused to go in with my group due the bad attitude of the lady in the cashier), I witnessed three different tenses and hostile arguings. People were misled by the tour guides, horribly treated by the Manager and lied to by the tickets guy. The atmosphere was always tense, and the tours were insufficient for the amount of people (one guide for 30-40 people). My advice? Don't go... visit St. Dom, the Cathedral, St. Peter... any other place... all are very similar (and a LOT cheaper)... the only difference are the catacombs, which are cool. If you go, be ready to have an angry time, just in case it happens. Unfortunately, it seems that the current Administration is more concerned about the money they make than the attention to the tourists.
We were lucky to arrive just before the English tour was about to start. Small entrance fee and no photos as per the requests of the monks; however, everyone takes photos and so they should - the splendour deserves to be enjoyed by everyone. Amazing, spectacular domed roof with an Arabic influence. The catacombs are also interesting and if you look up, you actually gaze into the cathedral above
It is a beautiful sight to behold. My only hope is that the parishioners from here will expel the Muslim insects that have already begun to infest this land.
Amazing place, Las Catacumbas beautiful if you might have the opportunity to visit Lima Peru please don't go without visit this beautiful place
Vim aqui a um casamento. A igreja é muito bonita, apesar de já ter visitado muito mais lindas. Estilo clássico e com obras artísticas muito bonitas e dignas de se verem.
Wonderful place to visit and tour if you appreciate historic places. Beautiful architecture and interesting history lesson to go along with the tour. We got to walk through the catacombs below. Not huge but neat to experience. Take the time to stop here!
The scale, art work, intricate carvings throughout the church and convent are stunning however you have to take a tour around which feels very rushed. We did not have time to read the information or examine the pictures at all, we were in each stunning room for less than 2 minutes. This was really disappointing. That being said, it was all beautiful and the catacombs underneath, seeing hundreds of humans bones, was spooky. Not sure it was worth the 15 soles each though as It felt so rushed.
Take a tour! We loved this beautiful convent! Worth your time and visit.
Imagine paying a fortune to be buried under this church under the pretense of being closer to God but then centuries later they just dig you up and put your bones in a circle for the amusement of gringo tourists... Unique experience, if you go to Cusco it pairs well with visiting Qorikancha which focuses more on the Incan elements in Peruvian Catholicism whereas this is more about the Church. Guide is included with admission which is a big plus.
Beautiful church, I visited this place as part of the double decker city tour. We walked around the church and its underground burying ground for about an hour. Nice place to learn about the history of Christianity in Peru and the development through time. Spoiler alert, there were lots of bones underneath the church since it was used as a burying ground, so it might scare little kids.
The church was not open to visit inside. Pleasant atmosphere outside feeding pigeons with corn. Beautiful cathedral!
Very nice church and an interesting story of the catacombs - which were the source of income for the monastery. Monks were charging money for burying people under the church, as it was assumed as the best place to get to heaven. However, as there was not enough space to bury everyone interested, they were "reusing" same places multiple times, excavating and sorting, by type, bones of those, who were burried earlier. Doesn't require a lot of time to make the visit.