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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco - Museum Lima - Peru

Convento y Iglesia de San Francisco is one of Lima’s most haunting (almost literally) and memorable sites. Originally constructed in 1546, it is one of the oldest churches in South America. It also served as the city’s first official Catholic cemetery, at a time when the dead were laid to rest in catacombs beneath the church. As part of a guided tour, you visit the catacombs and view the hundreds of centuries-old bones and scores of skulls. Another highlight is the painting of the Last Supper in which the disciples are eating cuy, or guinea pig. The church also has one of the oldest and most historically significant libraries in the Americas, and dramatic collections of religious and secular art. The museum prides itself on its collection of paintings by Francisco Zurbarán, a well-known artist.


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Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Museum Types:
Historical museum, Cultural, Art

Getting There

San Francisco is 2 blocks northwest of the Plaza de Armas.

Travel Tips:

The entry fee is charged only for entering the museum. The church may be visited for free and has longer hours than the museum.

Price Description:

Adults $2.60, university students $1.30, children $0.40

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:Daily 9:30 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 5:30 p.m.

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Here are other activities in and around Central Lima that may be of interest: Museo del Banco Central de Reserva / Central Bank Museum, Museo de Arte de Lima / Lima Art Museum, Museo Andr√©s Del Castillo, Museo Nacional Afroperuano, Casa Riva Ag√ľero, Casa Aliaga, Casa De La Gastronom√≠a Peruana, Museo de la Inquisici√≥n / Museum of the Inquisition, Museo de Arte Italiano / Italian Art Museum and Catedral de Lima.

26 Jan 2012

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