This church is located in Plaza San Francisco, near the National School of Sciences.
It was built by order of Viceroy Francisco de Toledo in 1572. The church had to be restored after the earthquake of 1650. Its floor is shaped like a Latin cross, it has 3 naves and a tall square tower. This construction of stone, limestone and pebbles had problems in the closure of its arches and vaults, which were closed at that time, having one of the bell towers only half-built until today.
The Order of the Franciscans arrived in Cusco during the first years of the Spanish conquest and first settled in the current neighborhood of San Blas; later they moved to Santo Domingo Square, only to finally settle in the San Francisco Square, around the year 1549.
The San Francisco de Asis Church was built under the direction of Cusqueñe architect Francisco Domínguez Chávez y Arellano. The cluster of San Francisco de Asis is the oldest of Cusco and houses the largest canvas that represents the family tree of the Franciscan family.
There is a monumental canvas measuring 12 x 9 meters inside the convent, about the genealogy of the Franciscan family, made by Juan Espinoza de los Monteros. Also, there are paintings of Diego Quispe Tito, Basilio Santa Cruz, Antonio Sinchi Roca, Marcos Zapata, among others. You can also admire the high choir of the church that was carved in cedar by local Franciscan Friar Luis Montes, Isidro Fernandez Inka and Antonio Paz, representing the image of 93 saints of the Catholic Church.
Opening hours for the Museum of San Francisco Convent: Monday to Friday from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. Saturday 9:00 to 12:00 (Sundays and holidays closed) Cost for the museum: General Fee: S / 5.00 National Student: S / 3.00 Opening hours of the church: Monday to Saturday: from 6:30a.m. to 8:00a.m. and from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. Sundays: from 6:30a.m. to 12:00p.m. and 5:00p.m. to 8p.m.
Cost for the church: Free