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Museo de los Descalzos

Rimac, Lima, Peru

About Museo de los Descalzos

The Museo de los Descalzos is a Franciscan convent and museum with a large collection of religious paintings which was founded in the late 16th century.

The convent was the residence of Franciscan monks known as "Los Descalzos" (the barefoot) for over 400 years. It was from here that hundreds of missionaries were based as they set out to catechize remote areas of Peru.

Today the convent is best known for its impressive cloisters and architecture which are representative of the Colonial period in Peru. The complex consists of a church, chapel, extensive orchards, gardens, and seven cloisters. It was declared a National Historic Monument in 1972.