General Info

Convent of San Francisco & Catacombs


Building Time Period & Architectural Style: The original building was built in the 1500s, but it collapsed inthe early 1600s. A new buildingwas started in 1657 and inaugurated in 1672. It has a Baroque style.

Operational Info:





Location: San Francisco Square (Corners of Jiron Ancash and Jiron Lompa), District of Lima, Lima Province and Region.

Distance from Lima Downtown: 0 kilometers - 0 minutes by private transportation.



  • One and a half hours is usually needed to visit all rooms. The tour is guided in English,but you need to wait until there are enough people to form a group (around 14 people) .
  • The Convent and Church are an exhibition of art in its architecture and works of art. There is art as old as 400 years (painting from Italian artist Angelino Medoro) .
  • The ColonialCatacombs are part of the exhibition and are located below the Convent. These Catacombs were built between 1657 and 1672 and were closed in 1821, when Liberator Jose de San Martinordered the closure of all catacombs. The Catacombs remained hidden until 1947, when they were studied and later on opened to the public. The Catacombs hold around 25000 human remains.
  • The San Francisco Church is a display of amazing art (pulpits, sculptures, and paintings) .




  • Photos with flash are not allowed.
  • Visits during Mass Service

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