Iglesia de San Agustín

sights / Religious

Iglesia de San Agustín information

Location
Lima , Peru
Address
cnr Ica & Camaná
Telephone
+51 427 7548
Prices
admission free
Opening hours
8-9am & 4:30-7:30pm Mon-Fri
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This church has an elaborate churrigueresque facade (completed in 1720), replete with stone carvings of angels, flowers, fruit and, of course, St Augustine. Limited operating hours can make it a challenge to visit. The interiors are drab, but the church is home to a curious woodcarving called ‘La Muerte’ (Death) by 18th-century sculptor Baltazar Gavilán. As one (probably fictional) story goes, Gavilán died in a state of madness after viewing his own chilling sculpture in the middle of the night. The piece sometimes travels, so call ahead.