Museum in the Convent of San Francisco

Museum in the Convent of San FranciscoMuseum in the Convent of San Francisco
Museo del Convento de San Francisco

Museum in the Convent of San Francisco

The Church and Convent of San Francisco is besides the Cathedral of Lima probably the most significant religious complex in Lima and the most successful and impressive monument of Colonial architecture in whole Latin America. One of the "must-do's" in Lima is a highly recommended tour through the monastery. It gives an impressive inside on how religious life was during Spanish colonial times.

Coming into the monastery at the side portal of the building you enter a completely different world showing the importance of the Catholic church in Colonial times. Absolutely amazing are the beautiful preserved wooden stairs, the impressive Moorish dome over the main staircase, the outstanding library with over 25,000 volumes, the "Zurbarán - Hall", small chapels, distinctive religious paintings, small patios of typical Spanish style decorated with lovely tiles from Seville and the overwhelming former glory and wealth.

Library of the San Francisco Monstery

The stunning library inside the Convent of San Francisco

"Last Supper" at the San Francisco Convent

The "Last Supper" painted by Diego de la Puente in the 17th century shows instead of European dishes typical Peruvian ingredients and meals on the table.

Patio at San Francisco Monastery

Beautiful patio inside the San Francisco Monastery

Wooden carvings at San Francisco Convent

Troughout the museum the numerous wooden carvings are impressive

Catacombs of San Francisco Monastery

Highlight of the tour through the COnvent of San Francisco surely is the descent to the catacombs where around 30,000 deceased are buried.

Definitely the absolute highlight of the tour is the descent into the convents catacombs that served until 1808 as a burial ground. An estimated 30,000 deceased are buried here. Quite extraordinary: the monks arranged the remains according to bone types. Absolutely worth seeing!

Guided tours are available in Spanish and English and take around 1 1/2 hours.

General Info

Street: Jr. Ancash with Jr. Lampa
Info: Plazuela San Francisco
District: City Center
City: Lima
Region: Lima
Phone: (+511) 719-7188 or 426-7377

Visitors Details

Opening Hours: daily 09.30 am to 05.30 pm
Entrance Fees: Adults S/.7, Students S/. 3.50


#Sue2014-01-14 15:24
The tour was amazing. A very nice english speaking guide was well informed and interesting. Highly recommend this tour.
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#Eva - Editor2014-01-14 15:52
I can only agree. The guided tours through San Francisco are great and very informative. I have done the tour already a few times. They are more than worth the time and few Soles you have to pay.
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#Melinda Sue Burroughs2014-03-16 16:26
What a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
English speaking guide was very energetic. He kept us interested in the tour as we passed from one area to another.
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#Lisa Koplin2016-04-27 07:15
Just to note, the entrance fee is now s/. 10.
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