Monasterio de San Francisco
Casa de Pilatos
East of the plaza, the lovely red Casa de Pilatos is home to offices for the Tribunal Constitucional (Supreme Court). Access is a...
Parque de la Muralla
During the 17th century, the heart of Lima was ringed by a muralla (city wall), much of which was torn down in the 1870s as the city...
Housed in a historic 16th-century building where General San Martin once slept, this cacao museum, with other outlets around the city,...
Museo del Pisco
The 'educational' aspect of this wonderful bar might get you in the door, but it's the congenial atmosphere and outstanding original...
A Lima institution since 1905, this old-world dining hall has served practically every Peruvian president for the last 100 years (the...
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Monasterio de San Francisco information
This bright-yellow Franciscan monastery and church is most famous for its bone-lined catacombs (containing an estimated 70,000 remains) and its remarkable library housing 25,000 antique texts, some of which predate the conquest. Admission includes a 30-minute guided tour in English or in Spanish. Tours leave as groups gather.
This baroque structure has many other treasures: the most spectacular is a geometric Moorish-style cupola over the main staircase, which was carved in 1625 (restored 1969) out of Nicaraguan cedar. In addition, the refectory contains 13 paintings of the biblical patriarch Jacob and his 12 sons, attributed to the studio of Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán.