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Iglesia de San Francisco, Lima

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The Iglesia de San Francisco (Church of Saint Francis) is the most visited church in Lima, and with good reason.

Built in 1674, the attractive yellow church is considered the best example of the "Lima Baroque" style of architecture. The handsome carved portal would later influence those on other churches, including the Iglesia de la Merced.

The central nave is known for its beautiful ceilings painted in a style called mudejar (a blend of Moorish and Spanish designs). On a tour, you can peruse the adjoining monastery's immense collection of antique texts, some dating back to the 17th century.

The best part of a tour is a visit to the vast catacombs. The city's first cemetery, these underground tunnels contains the bones of some 75,000 people. In many places the bones have been stacked in eerie geometric patterns.

Quick Facts on Iglesia de San Francisco

Site Information
Names:Iglesia de San Francisco; Iglesia de San Francisco, Lima
Categories:Churches; Catacombs
Faiths:Christianity; Catholic; Franciscan
Feat:Dead on Display
Styles:Spanish Colonial; Baroque
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Lima, Peru
Coordinates:12.045616° S, 77.027180° W  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

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  1. Fodor's Peru, 2nd ed.

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Title:Iglesia de San Francisco, Lima
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:09/10/2009
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