monastery of san francisco

The Monastery of San Francisco

The church and monastery of San Francisco in Lima were completed in 1774 and have survived many earthquakes, until they suffered extensive damage in 1970 (due to an earthquake of course). Looking at the church you can see the beauty and time but into its creation and style, which is an example of Spanish Baroque. The library contains about 25,000 antique texts (and during our tour was compared to the library at Hogwarts). 

Throughout the monastery and church are intricate paintings and ceilings, some of which are still being restored. Along with the magnificent art and rich history, the monastery of San Francisco is also home to the catacombs. The catacombs were discovered underneath the monastery in 1943. It has been estimated that there are about 70,000 burials contained within. Also underneath (though currently blocked off) is a secret passage that weaves throughout the city, including underneath the government building. 

**more images to come**