Museum in the Convent of the Descalzos

Museum in the Convent of the DescalzosMuseum in the Convent of the Descalzos
Museo del Convento de los Descalzos

Museum in the Convent of the Descalzos

Located at the end of a once elegant avenue in Rimac at the foot of San Cristobal, the Convento de Los Descalzos, the Convent of the Barefoot Friars, was founded in 1595 as a place of spiritual retreat surrounded by fields and vineyards. Even though today it's right in the middle of sprawling and hectic Lima, the Convent still is a tranquil and relaxing refuge. Since the 1980s the convent houses an impressive museum displaying three centuries of religious art.

While the convent itself is in its beauty and uniqueness a piece of art, a guided tour leads through the arched porticos and seven cloisters displaying over 500 religious paintings and sculptures and offering a journey through 300 years of religious art in Peru. The items mainly from the 16th to 18th century represent styles known as the Cuzco, Lima and Quito schools reflecting the melding of indigenous artistic styles with European.

Convent of the Descalzos

Stunning altar at the Convent of the Descalzos

Religious Art at the Convent of the Descalzos

In the museum within in Convent of the Descalzos over 500 religious painitngs and sculptures are displayed

Old Pharmacy at the Convent of the Descalzos

The guided tour at the Convent of the Descalzos also leads you to the old "pharmacy".

Convent of the Descalzos

At the Convent of the Descalzos you find next to lots of religious art pieces as well wordly treasures like old printing equipment and an organ

Wine cellar at the Convent of the Descalzos

The wine cellar still holds huge wooden barrels

Interesting as well are the displayed apothecary jars and tools from the 19th century and the old printing equipment. And don't miss the wine cellar with its huge wooden barrels.

General Info

Street: Alameda de los Descalzos 278
District: Rimac
City: Lima
Region: Lima
Phone: (+511) 481-0441

Visitors Details

Opening Hours: in winter: daily from 09.30 am to 01.00 pm and 02.00 pm to 05.30 pm (guided tours available every hour.)
Opening Hours: in summer: Mon to Fri 09.30 to 01.00 pm, Sat 09.30 am to 01.00 pm and 02.00 pm to 05.30 pm
Opening Hours Info: Groups of more than 10 person should make an appointment with a weeks notice
Entrance Fees: Adults: 5 soles
Entrance Fees: Seniors and Students: 3 soles
Entrance Fees: Children: 2 soles
Entrance Fees Info: A Donation for the guided tour (English or Spanish) are welcome!

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