Basílica Menor e Convento de São Francisco o Grande
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Visiting the catacombs in San Francisco Convent
The San Francisco Convent is one of the most visited and famous tourist attractions in Lima. The land for the Convent was given to the Franciscan Order by Pizarro when the city was founded in 1535. You have to take the tour (in English or Spanish) in order to gain access to the area, but it’s an interesting one. The main attractions are hand-painted tiles from Seville, the cusqueña art movement and the Last Supper painting with elements from the Peruvian culture. The Library is also quite amazing, with thousands of rare books, beautifully displayed, such as the first Spanish dictionary and one edition of the Bible printed in Holland in 1570. You’ll also learn more about the religious history of Peru, the Peruvian Saints, Religious Art, but nothing is more famous - and chilling - than the catacombs, where over 25,000 bones were discovered from the Colonial period burials. The church, which is a classic example of the Peruvian Baroque architecture, is still in operation and sought by local pilgrims.
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