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 Museums, Church, Religious Site, Library, Family And Kids, Monastery
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You should ideally take a packed lunch as there aren’t any restaurants nearby.
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67.04% 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
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Nice monastery and highly recommended to visit. Easily accessible from the main square via a pedestrian street that passes the chocolate museum! The basilica of San Francisco is home to weddings nearly every weekend. A visit to the crypts below the church, or “catacombs” come working the tour. Pay in cash (15 soles for adults). Strangely, the bones of the thousands of people buried here are nice ordered and sometimes even put into a pattern, like if it were art. There are tours in Spanish and English. I even crossed a German language tour.
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!
Given its on the UNESCO heritage site list, it is all you need to really know. A visit here is a must when in Lima. Not only for the stunning architecture, but for a visit to the catacombs which lie beneath. A truly unique experience in the city hidden within a tourist hot spot.
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.
Good place to explore. A tour guide in English is also available. Different and old history to learn.