Iglesia de San Francisco, Lima

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.

advertisement

Quick Facts on Iglesia de San Francisco

Site Information
Names:Iglesia de San Francisco
Country:Peru
Categories:churches; catacombs
Styles:Baroque style; Spanish Colonial
Dedication: St. Francis
Dates:1674
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:12.045616° S, 77.027180° W
Address:Lima, Peru
Lodging:View hotels near Iglesia de San Francisco
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

References

  1. Fodor's Peru, 2nd ed.

More Information

© Amy Allcock
© Vincent Noel

Map of Iglesia de San Francisco, Lima

Below is a location map and aerial view of Iglesia de San Francisco. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.