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San Francisco

To Related image to the Multimedia Gallery A gem amidst the city: Simply beautiful, is probably the best way to describe the Convent of San Francisco hardly more than two blocks from the CathedralTo Related image to the Multimedia Gallery , at the intersection of 'jirones' Lampa and Ancash.

Many consider San Francisco as the architectonic group of most beauty in Lima in view that the Square, the Convent and the Church, all together, form a magnificent combination of volume and color.

Others, however, are of a higher opinion and say that the Franciscan exterior is one of the best achieved monumental settings in Latin America.

Construction of the Convent started in 1542, following the murder of Pizarro. In 1656, the Franciscan building collapsed and its reconstruction undertaken.

At an initial stage, between 1659 and 1662, construction was carried out under the supervision of Constantino Vasconcelos, a Portuguese architect, and master builder Manuel de Escobar, from Lima.

The latter took over the second stage which lasted from 1669 to 1674. Escobar made significant modifications to the project and, thus, could be considered as the true master of San Francisco..


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