Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
  1. T+L
  2. Destinations
  3. Latin America
  4. Peru
  5. Lima
  6. Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Map
Jirón Ancash 471, Centro Histórico, Lima, 21 | +51 1 426 7377, Peru
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco in Lima
Getty Images
Features
Family-friendly

A minor basilica and museum awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, this Baroque church was inaugurated in 1672 and is best known for its large system of catacombs. Uncovered in 1943, the subterranean passageways contain hundreds of thousands of bones, some of which are arranged in elaborate geometric patterns. Noteworthy features include the nave ceiling, painted in the mudéjar (Moorish-Spanish) style; the 17th-century monastery library, which houses more than 20,000 antique books; and the museum of religious artwork, which contains pieces by the workshops of Francisco Zurbarán and Peter Paul Rubens as well as a Peruvian interpretation of the Last Supper. Guided tours are available in both Spanish and English.

Other Nearby Things to Do
camera and maps
Ancient silver vessels and stone idols fill one... Read More
journal
For a fascinating introduction to pre-Columbian... Read More
Museo Larco Museum in Lima
Located in quiet Pueblo Libre, this museum is k... Read More
Huaca Pucllana in Lima
The pre-Columbian adobe-and-clay pyramid can't ... Read More
suitcase
With a glass of wine in hand, watch the sun dro... Read More
photos
Drop by the Brujas de Cachiche restaurant's bar... Read More
Nearby Hotels
JW Marriott Hotel in Lima
The Marriott Lima, built by U.S.-based Arquitec... Read More
Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima
The Belmond hotel is located in the heart of th... Read More
camera and maps
Surrounded by gnarled olive trees, this Sonesta... Read More
camera and maps
A leaf-green door marks this four-story hostel,... Read More
Country Club Lima Hotel
The Country Club, constructed in 1927, is the c... Read More
Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel in Lima
The 33-year-old Miraflores Cesar’s Hotel was th... Read More
Nearby Restaurants
travel package
Although the minimalist white façade evo... Read More
suitcase
A self-made Lima legend, chef Teresa Izquierdo ... Read More
Chez Wong Restaurant in Lima
Anthony Bourdain is a fan of the ceviche here. ... Read More
Tanta Restaurant in Lima
For a dose of homemade Peruvian fare with a hin... Read More
photos
With farm implements hung on rough stucco walls... Read More
camera and maps
Admire the Pacific from all-glass dining rooms ... Read More
Advertisement
Advertisement