Iglesia San Francisco

sights / Religious

Iglesia San Francisco information

Cuzco , Peru
Street Plaza San Francisco
museum admission S8
Opening hours
6:30-8am & 5:30-8pm Mon-Sat, 6:30am-noon & 6:30-8pm Sun, museum 9am-noon & 3-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-noon Sat
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Lonely Planet review

More austere than many of Cuzco’s other churches, Iglesia San Francisco dates from the 16th and 17th centuries and is one of the few that didn’t need to be completely reconstructed after the 1650 earthquake. It has a large collection of colonial religious paintings and a beautifully-carved cedar choir.

The attached museum houses supposedly the largest painting in South America, which measures 9m by 12m and shows the family tree of St Francis of Assisi, the founder of the order. Also of macabre interest are the two crypts, which are not totally underground. Inside are human bones, some of which have been carefully arranged in designs meant to remind visitors of the transitory nature of life.