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The catacombs of Lima

An underground city for the dead

•type:

•interest:

CULTURAL

CHURCH

•location:
LIMA CITY
•country:
PERU
 

The catacombs of Lima

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ABOUT - 

The catacombs of Lima

The Catacombs of Lima, one of the oldest and most famous underground cemeteries of South America, are located under the Monumental Ensemble Saint Francis of Assisi, in the historic center of the city of Lima, Peru, and are a Cultural Heritage of the nation. They resemble the catacombs of Paris, France, and consist of a network of tunnels and underground rooms that served to bury the confraternity members and Catholic brotherhoods of Lima.

 

The facade of Saint Francis of Assisi Basilic stands out for its yellow Limeño baroque style. There is a museum and an important library integrated to the whole complex, which holds incunabula (book printed before the year 1500) and Franciscan chronicles from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

 

You enter the Catacombs through the basement room of the Basilica and the route is underground with an approximate duration of 30 minutes. The place is frightening because it is estimated that it housed about 25,000 bodies and even today it is possible to see how human skeletons and bones were accommodated. It is recommended not to visit the place with children.

 

In the floors of the crypts there are rectangular sepulchers where the coffins were placed on top of each other, separated by earth and quicklime to accelerate the process of decomposition, to avoid epidemics and bad odors. During the trip the sight of skulls, femurs, tibias and fibulas is repeated. There are also wells or “osarios”.


In 1808, the General Cemetery "Presbítero Matias Maestro" was inaugurated, but by tradition the burials were still carried out in the churches, so in 1821, General José de San Martín prohibited the use of catacombs. In 1947 they were reopened for excavation work, cleaning and light installations. Three years later, in 1950, they were enabled to the public. Currently, they are the most extensive catacombs in South America.

 

PRACTICAL - 

The catacombs of Lima

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

San Francisco Plaza, at the corner of Jirones, Ancash y Lampa streets, center of Lima city, Perú

  • Monday to sunday from 10h00 to 20h00.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Lima city - 0km - 0milles.

DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Lima city - 0km - 0milles.

PROFILE

• Interest:

CULTURAL

• Kind:

URBAN

• Min. visit time hours:

1

PLACE

• Class:

154

• Altitude meters:

CHURCH

• Type:

505

• Altitude feet:

• Max. visit time hours:

1

RELATED ACTIVITIES

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

VISITS:

  • Guided visits.

CULTURAL:

  • Attending religious events. .

SPORTS:

  • Walking.

  • Cultural National Heritage.

ENTRANCE FEE

Admission in peruvian soles:

  • General admission S / 10.

  • Entrance students S / 5.

  • Entrance children S / 1.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • A sweater.

  • Pictures and filming are not allowed.

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The catacombs of Lima