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  • Address: Plaza San Francisco, Lima, Peru
  • Hours: Open daily 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Admission: Adults: 7 Nuevos Soles

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Iglesia and Museo de San Francisco

The Iglesia and Museo de San Francisco is a spectacular example of Moorish-inspired Spanish baroque colonial grandeur, but the real highlight is the spooky labyrinth of catacombs underground.

One of the best preserved churches in Lima, the Convent of San Francis of Assisi also has a remarkable library of antique texts and a tranquil cloistered garden.

A guided visit to the Museum and Convent takes you through the buildings’ history and architecture, before venturing into the underground passages lined with the bones of 25,000 Lima citizens from over 200 years of burials.

Bones were interred here until 1808, when Lima’s cemetery was established, and the catacombs lay undiscovered until 1943. A visit is not for the fainthearted, but those who do make the journey will be surprised to see the various skulls and thigh bones arranged in decorative patterns.

On the tour you’ll also visit the library of antique books, the pretty cloister, the museum of religious paintings and artifacts, the carved choir stalls and the Moorish-domed church.

Practical Info

The Iglesia and Museo de San Francisco is a block or two northeast of Lima’s cathedral, near the train station.

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Small Group Lima Discovery Walking Tour, Lima, null
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Small Group Lima Discovery Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1102 Reviews

There's no better way to explore Lima than on a small group walking tour! Try out some Spanish greetings, stroll around the central market, try pisco sour and ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.00
Lima City and Basilica of Saint Francis Tour, Lima, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Lima City and Basilica of Saint Francis Tour

Enjoy this 4-hours tour of the main sites of Lima in small-group tour through modern and colonial Lima, visiting the main attractions of the districts of ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Lima Walking City Tour from Jorge Chavez Airport, Lima, Basilica Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Lima Walking City Tour from Jorge Chavez Airport

Get acquainted with the Peruvian capital, and learn about when it was founded in 1535 and became the "City Of The Kings." You'll enjoy pickup from ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Lima Full-Day Combo Tour: City Tour and Cooking Class with Market tour and Pisco Sour Tasting, ... 
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Lima Full-Day Combo Tour: City Tour and Cooking Class with Market tour and Pisco Sour Tasting

The Peruvian culinary scene has grown tremendously in popularity over the past couple of years and here's your unique chance to find out why! Take part in an ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Downtown Lima Bike Tour, Lima, Cooking Classes
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Downtown Lima Bike Tour

If you are interested in learning about the history and culture of the beautiful city of Lima and visit its most representative and symbolic places, this is ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Lima Private City Tour by Car, Lima, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Lima Private City Tour by Car

Enjoy a private city tour by car of the city of Lima and see its main landmarks and attractions. With a private guide, you will see important places in the ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.00
Private Tour: Lima and Local Indian Market, Lima, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Lima and Local Indian Market

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

Discover what the historic city of Lima has to offer on a half-day private tour. Visit the eerie catacombs of the San Francisco Convent. Learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.99
Private Lima City Tour with Larco Museum, Lima, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Private Lima City Tour with Larco Museum

See the best sights of colonial and modern Lima, known as the City of the Kings, on this 5.5-hour private tour. You visit the city's architecture, squares, ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $225.00
Lima City Bike Tour, Lima, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Lima City Bike Tour

An interesting experience for travelers who seek a deeper, more meaningful connection with Lima in a close up visit biking the city streets, avenues, parks, ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Churches and Balconies of Lima Half Day Tour, Lima, Bike Rentals
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Churches and Balconies of Lima Half Day Tour

Experience the Virreynal times of Lima by this 4-hour private tour through the main Churches and Balconies. Starting with a panoramic view of the Palacio ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.80

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