Fodor's Expert Review Convento de los Descalzos

El Centro Religious Building/Site/Shrine
Founded in 1592 as a retreat for Franciscans who wanted to escape the bustle of worldly Lima, this functioning monastery offers an intriguing glimpse into a colonial convent. Walled up in its self-sufficient cloisters, the good friars did more than just pray: they also ran an infirmary, a pharmacy with Amazonian plants, even a distillery for making pisco. The temple's ornamentation can be stunning—the chapel is inlaid with Nicaraguan cedar and mother-of-pearl—but what truly captivates here are the silences. The tolling bells still summon the faithful to prayer.
Religious Building/Site/Shrine Historical

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Cl. Manco Capac 202A
Lima, Lima  Peru


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Rate Includes: S/10, Closed Mon.

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