Catacumbas del Convento de San Francisco, Cercado de Lima

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LIMA | A visit to Catacumbas del Convento de San Francisco (The Catacombs of the Basilica and Convent of San Francisco) is one of the more eerie experiences in Lima. The catacombs are located beneath the basilica, and served as a burial place until 1808. They’re filled with the bones of up to 25,000 deceased Limeños. The spaces are small and narrow, and the bones are arranged in an almost artistic manner.

As well as the catacombs, a tour of the basilica takes visitors through various other parts of the late 1600s Baroque-style masterpiece, which contains aspects of Spanish and Moorish design. The main temple and courtyard feature impressive wood and tile work, and several restored paintings, many layered atop other paintings, giving an insight into the various eras of the basilica. There is also the famous library, which contains 25,000 antique texts, some of which date back to pre-Colombian times. Tours are run in both English and Spanish.

Catacumbas del Convento de San Francisco

Jirón Ancash
Cercado de Lima
Lima 15001
Peru

Telephone: +51 1 4271381
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Sun – Sat: 9:00am to 8:15pm

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