Convento y Iglesia de San Francisco is one of Lima鈥檚 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鈥檚 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 Zurbar谩n, a well-known artist.
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Historical museum, Cultural, Art
San Francisco is 2 blocks northwest of the Plaza de Armas.
The entry fee is charged only for entering the museum. The church may be visited for free and has longer hours than the museum.
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.
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