Museo e Iglesia de San Francisco

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Nana_gincin Nana_gin…
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Basilica and Convent of San Francisco Jan 18, 2014
Gracias a los reviews de mi TB friend Vikram y ya que estaba reencontrándome con mi vieja Lima en su aniversario, se me ocurrió visitar esta iglesia a la que no entraba desde ... hace mucho tiempo. Grata sorpresa, estaba mucho mejor de lo que la recordaba. Tampoco hice el tour a las catacumbas y al convento, demasiada gente, así que sólo visité la Basílica, otra sorpresa, se celebraba una boda ... no tenía la menor intención de esperar a que acabe la ceremonia, así que tomé algunas fotos y salí.

Si contaré lo que encontré navegando:

- Fue elevada a su condición de Basilica menor en 1963 por el Papa Juan XXII,

- La fachada es de clásico barroco limeño y su altar mayor

de estilo neoclásico.

- En 1535, el terreno inicial cedido a la orden franciscana estaba al lado del que fue cedido a los dominicos. Como en esos primeros años sòlo había un fraile franciscano en todo el valle y tuvo que ausentarse, Pizarro le diò ese terreno a los dominicos. En 1546 llega a Lima el fraile franciscano Francisco de Santa Ana quien reclama un lugar para la orden y le fue cedido el terreno donde actualmente se erige el complejo.

- La iglesia empieza a construirse poco después y era una obra de arte, pero no tenía buenos cimientos así que el trabajo de 100 años terminó en los suelos literalmente debido al terremoto de 1655.

- La nueva iglesia empezó a edificarse en 1657 y se concluye en 1672, continuándose con innovaciones internas hasta 1729.

- Según Ricardo Palma cuenta en sus "Tradiciones Peruanas", los preciosos azulejos sevillanos pintados a mano que adornan los arcos del convento, fueron colocados por un condenado a la horca que fuera salvado por su padre confesor al revelarle su habilidad. Godínez se llamaba, y el padre franciscano logró que el Virrey le salvara la vida a condición de vestir el hábito de lego y no salir del convento. Pensaría Godínez haber hecho un buen trato?

- La gran cantidad de madera de cedro con que se hicieron maravillas artísticas en el convento, se pagó con una tasa de chocolate. Según Ricardo Palma, el comerciante Pedro Jiménez dejó las facturas canceladas encima de la mesa sin esperar retribución, luego de probar el dulce brebaje.

Curiosidades que se añaden a las siempre abundantes historias que forman parte de las "joyas" de Lima.


Thanks to the reviews of my TB friend Vikram and as I was rediscovering my old Lima on their anniversary, I decided to visit this church that did not come from ... long long time. Pleasant surprise, was much better than I remembered. Nor did the tour of the catacombs and the convent, too many people, so I just visited the Basilica, another surprise there was a wedding ... I had not the intention of waiting for the end of the ceremony, so I took some pictures and left.

But I will tell I found surfing the net:

- It was elevated to the status of Basilica Minor in 1963 by Pope John XXIII,

- The facade is in classic Lima Baroque style and its high altar is Neoclassical.

- In 1535, the original land given to the Franciscan Order was next which was ceded to the Dominicans. As in those early years there were only a franciscan friar in the valley and had to leave, Pizarro gave that land to the Dominicans. In 1546 reaches Lima franciscan friar Francisco de Santa Ana who claims a place to order and was given the land where the complex now stands.

- The church begins to build shortly after and was a work of art, but did not have a good foundation so work of 100 years ended in soils (literally)due to the earthquake of 1655.

- The new church began to build in 1657 and concludes in 1672, continuing until 1729 with internal innovations.

- According to Ricardo Palma tells in his "Peruvian Traditions" the precious hand-painted Sevilla tiles that adorn the arches of the convent were placed by a condemned to the gallows that was saved by his father confessor to reveal him his ability. Godinez was called, and the franciscan father persuaded the Viceroy to save his life on condition of wear the "lego" habit and not leave the convent. Godinez would think have done a good deal?

- The large amount of cedar wood so then were made the artistic works in the convent, was paid with a cup of chocolate. According to Ricardo Palma, Pedro Jimenez left canceled on the table the merchant bills, without expecting remuneration, after tasting the sweet "potion".

Curiosities to be added to the ever abundant stories that are part of the "jewels" of Lima.
Basilica San Francisco
Side entrance
Sanctuary of Virgin of Miracle
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Solitude
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Nana_gincin says:
Here was the capital of the viceroyalty, Viceroy and priests had a silent rivalry about who was more powerful!
Posted on: Jan 23, 2014
cotton_foam says:
very lucky you live in a country that has beautiful cathedrals and churches!!
Posted on: Jan 23, 2014
Nana_gincin says:
An architectural as artistic gem.
Posted on: Jan 23, 2014
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yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
Catacombs in Lima - San Francisco Jul 08, 2008
San Francisco church, in downtown Lima, has the famous catacombs. It’s located just 2 blocks away from the Main Square – Plaza de Armas. You’ll recognize easily this big yellow construction full of doves.

You can't visit this place just by yourself. You have to do it with a tour. There are tours leaving each 15min and there are ones in Spanish and also in English. You are not supposed to walk around just by yourself, although we did it, hehehe. Fee is cheap.

You would start visiting the church and convent. They will explain you about the colonial times and the artwork inside. The beautiful church is just the surface. Under your feet, you’ll see a labyrinth, a cemetery which you could visit. Back during the colonial times, Lima was a small city and they didn’t find a best way to burry the dead people than under the churches. Until today the bishops are buried there. During the whole tour you will see skulls, femurs, and other bones. The “osarios” holes 10m deep are the most “attractive”. They are full of human bones and were built to absorb the sismic waves. I know, it sounds creepy… You can take pictures, but don’t use the flash ;)

At the square outside the church you will see a lot of pigeons, so just follow them if you are looking for the catacombs.

If you are in downtown, visit San Francisco. You won’t regret it. It will give you a better view of Lima during the Colonial Times.
an Osario
ceeling viewed from the catacombs
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huibdos says:
This is very interesting, I have never seen such a bone-pit.
Posted on: Sep 16, 2009

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