The San Francisco Church And MonasteryCurrently Closed
- Address: Jirón Lampa, Distrito de Lima, Peru, Cusco
- Timings: 07:30 am - 08:45 pm Details
- Phone: +51-14267377
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art Museum, Church, Religious Site, Library, Family And Kids, Monastery
The San Francisco Church And Monastery - Review
The San Francisco Church and Monastery have gained popularity among the tourists because of the catacombs which contain the remains of several unknown locals from ancient periods. It was the first cemetery built in the city. The bones are lined up on each side of the hallways found beneath the San Francisco church.
You will find an enormous cave in the ground of the church of San Francisco, which is filled with the bones. The bones as well as the skulls are arranged beautifully in a geometric patterns in this place. This Geometric pattern is one of the art pieces done in the church of San Francisco. However, the catacombs are not for the faint hearted and may give you chills.
Apart from the catacombs which are the main highlight of the San Francisco church and monastery, the church also exhibits some of the most beautiful art pieces such as mosaics, colonial paintings etc. The visitors will be mesmerized by the marvelous library which includes a large variety of books in the church of San Francisco. The collection of books at the church is extremely valuable. The beautiful architecture of the church will surprise its visitors. The catacombs and the architecture make the San Francisco church and monastery worth seeing. This is one of the major Lima points of interest.
The San Francisco Church And Monastery Information
- Visit the monastery to see a superb collection of ancestral religious texts.
- Catacombs tours are not for claustrophobic or squeamish people.
- One can take a taxi from San Isidro. It is 45 minutes from there.
- It is not ideal for a visit with children.
- Taking photographs is strictly prohibited.
- Guided tours last for 1 hour and are quite interesting.
How To reach The San Francisco Church And Monastery by Public Transport
- If you wish to travel by public transport you should invest in a transport map. There is a bus service but details are not available online.
Restaurants Near The San Francisco Church And Monastery
- You should ideally take a packed lunch as there aren’t any restaurants nearby.
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Things to Know Before Visiting The San Francisco Church And Monastery
67.15% of people who visit Cusco include The San Francisco Church And Monastery in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
44.54% of people start their The San Francisco Church And Monastery visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see The San Francisco Church And Monastery
70.97% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The San Francisco Church And Monastery
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The San Francisco Church And Monastery, Cusco Reviews
Basílica y Convento de San Francisco de Lima is a building-complex in downtown Lima that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The complex consists the basilica, the monastery and an extensive catacomb-system deep under the downtown area. For a small fee you can get to explore this historic place and learn about it through guided tours (English language tours available as well). The tour is approximately 45min, and walks through the building-complex, including the catacombs that consists thousand of bones and skulls. Highly recommend to visit!
Chosen as part of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991, Basílica y Convento de San Francisco de Lima consists of a a church, a monastery, a library and catacombs. If you are bringing your children along, you may not want to bring them into the catacombs as they could be scared. There are thousand of skulls and bones lying in the open. In all, this place has a really rich history and you wouldn't want to miss visiting!
English tour was very well done. We had a short wait for the tour. No photos allowed. Some areas have low ceilings. Very interesting art and history. Catacombs are not to be missed. There are more bones than I have ever seem in one of six layers excavated between 25 and 30 thousand. Clean bathrooms are at end of tour.
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
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.