Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, Lima

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Standing proudly since 1774, Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas 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 Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and other attractions to your Lima vacation plans.
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  • What a lovely and beautiful place, with lots of history. Located at dowtown, this place was worth visiting, I was amazed by the amount of history that that place has. I was speechless everytime the...  more »
  • Really worth ir for People looking Cultural Context of the Religious order. Specially for those Ones who appreciate Barroque Art And the Life of San Francisco, who was, from where he Was?, how he has....  more »
  • Beautiful church dating to 1600s, damaged in 1650 earthquake, and completed in 1672. Original colorful tiles from Sevilla, Spain decorate the cloisters and patio. Library is home to centuries old...  more »
  • I used to live in Lima and have been here a couple of times. The main draw is probably the catacombs. However, the remaining part of the tour shouldn’t be downplayed. The artwork and architecture is fascinating. My kids enjoyed the entire visit but may have liked the painting of the last supper with guinea pig the best.
  • The tour is recommended to see the underground crypts and get the explanations and history. Lovely building and well kept grounds. I would recommend this as an alternative to all the other touristy stuff in Lima
  • The basilica is walking distance from the main square in downtown Lima. It's one of the oldest (Catholic) churches in Lima and it is full of history and art. It's highly recommend to visit the catacombs. The basilica is also well-known because of the flock of pigeons that adorn it's facade.
  • Super cool. Catacombs in the floor. You don't have to take the tour to see them though. Just look down. Be ware ....the grates are open so hang on to your coins and cameras, lest the fall in
  • 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.

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