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Culture of Lima. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Lima - Plaza San Martin The starting point of most tour itineraries is a picturesque Plaza Mayor, next to which there is the most important religious monument, Cathedral. The first church in its place has been built in the mid16th century, but the building hasn’t survived for long. In 1746, the church was completely destroyed in the earthquake. The cathedral built on its place has significantly surpassed its predecessor. High massive building has an amazing architectural design. The interior decoration of the cathedral makes visitors swoon in admiration. A huge number of religious shrines are stored in the cathedral; the tomb of Francisco Pizarro is also situated here.
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The next attraction that deserves an attention of foreign travelers is Monasterio de San Francisco. Of course, this old building has great architectural and historical value. However, travelers are attracted by an opportunity to go down into catacombs, an extensive system of underground tunnels. Those catacombs were built more than 300 years ago, about 70,000 graves are located there. It’s also worth to look into the old library, which has a collection of thousands of unique books.
There are also remarkable archaeological areas in Lima, including isolated area Huaca Huallamarca. Several thousand years ago, a large ceremonial center was established there. Today, visitors can explore the large-scale structure of pyramidal shape, and visit the local Archaeological Museum. A truly unique attraction is the Parque Amor located a few steps away from the coast. Its territory hosts a lot of interesting monuments and romantic sculptures. Each bench in the park is a real masterpiece. Copyright
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The most popular cultural institution Lima is considered Museo de Oro. Its vast halls host a collection of Miguel Mujica Gallo. The majority of exhibits are copies of old jewelry and ritual objects; one of the museum halls is devoted to ancient weapons. Since recently, Magic Circle water complex has become a popular attraction. It is the largest complex of its kind; the landmark is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Powerful water jets soar up to 80 meters. Beautiful fountains are great to watch.
Plaza de Armas Lima boasts many religious attractions, and each one is worth a visit. One should never pass by Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, which has been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. The church was founded in 1530, and in terms of architecture, its construction was completed by 1766. The church building combines a neat Arabic style (Mudejar) and luxurious Rococo, which makes it an outstanding architectural monument. However, the interior also pleases visitors with its Seville tiles ("azulejos"), richly decorated cells, library. The tombs of St. Martin de Porres and St. Rosa de Lima are considered its priceless relics.
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Among other monuments of sacred architecture, Iglesia de La Merced, a true masterpiece of colonial architecture, stands out. It is in no way possible to miss its building - such a richly decorated facade attracts general attention immediately. It was originally built of wood in 1535, and only in the 18th century, it acquired its current appearance and was rebuilt into a Baroque (or "churrigueresco") stone church. Since the building survived many earthquakes, it was repeatedly restored. Some other beautiful Lima churches worthy of visiting include Parroquia La Virgen Milagrosa, Iglesia de San Agustin, and Iglesia La Recoleta.
Miraflores Parque de la Reserva is of interest not only as a place to walk but also as a place where you can see a fabulous sight. This is about a fountain park that shimmers in the evening and seems to dance with the audience, creating a magical atmosphere around. Another place ideal for walks is Cementerio Presbítero Matías Maestro, which differs from other Latin American cemeteries in its size and variety of sculptural works. And, of course, one cannot fail to mention the atmosphere of serenity, for which many come to places of this kind. Well, if you take a walk along the city's waterfront, you'll find the wonderful lighthouse Faro de la Marina reminding how the sea was navigated before - history buffs will surely appreciate the attraction.
The magnificent Palacio Arzobispal de Lima is another masterpiece of Peruvian architecture. The building was first erected at the beginning of the 16th century but got its modern look in 1924, when it was rebuilt in a neocolonial style mixed with the Baroque. The interior deserves attention as well - in particular, splendid stained glass windows and a baroque altar. Walking down the streets of Lima, one shouldn't pass by Palacio de Gobierno - however, it's hardly possible given its exquisite exterior. Baroque architecture, filigree stone carving - it seems like the whole life is not enough to admire its beauty. Unfortunately, it's not allowed to get inside the government building, so you can only watch changing of the guard.
Lima - Plaza de Armas The Bridge of Sighs exists not only in Venice and Barcelona - a structure of this kind can also be found in the capital of Peru (Puente de los Suspiros). Even though the bridge in Venice wasn't named so because of the romantic component (contrary to stereotypes), a similar building in Lima is considered one of the most romantic places. It was built in 1876, but after three years the Pacific War began. The bridge was destroyed, and then the authorities immediately decided to restore the structure. Another place breathing the history is called Casa Courret. The building is interesting from an architectural point of view: built in the Art Nouveau style in the 19th century, formerly it was a photo studio with temporary exhibitions. It is also attractive with its facade, balconies, ornate ornaments.
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Lima also has some interesting museums for getting closer to the local culture. The Museu Etnográfico Amazônico is of primary interest. Among its exhibits, there are everyday objects of Amazonian tribes, their costumes and weapons. In the basement of the building where the Congress of the Republic of Peru currently sits, you can find a small museum dedicated to the past of the country. This is the Museo de la Inquisición, where a prison and a torture chamber were once located. Such a cultural institution as La Casa de la Gastronomia Peruana gives visitors the opportunity to get acquainted with the rich traditions of the state. Here you can find descriptions of various dishes from different regions of the country, as well as the history of their creation.
Lima Those looking for a colorful spectacle must visit Planetario Nacional IGP where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of the starry sky. Here you can also learn about the movement of stars and planets, which would be useful to everyone without exception. Professional collectors and amateurs would probably be interested in the Museo Numismatico del Peru presenting a rich collection of coins from different eras. For those who want to explore the religious history of the city and the country as a whole, it is recommended to visit the Museo Señor de los Milagros. If you would rather explore local flora and fauna and learn more about them, the Museo de Historia Natural is the best choice. Special attention should also be paid to the Museo Naval del Peru, another museum that allows you to learn more about local history and culture.
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Cathedral of Lima, Lima

» The Cathedral of Lima is a very picturesque building decorated with statues and stone elements. The cathedral looks very spectacular at night when it is illuminated from all angles.
» Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador and founder of the city, started the construction of the first Catholic church in 1535.
» Over the centuries, it had been destroyed by earthquakes and rebuilt many times. That is why the exterior of the church combines different architectural styles.
» In 1797, two bell towers were built near the cathedral.
» When the church was last restored, old paintings that are displayed today were found. There is also the grave of Francisco Pizarro.
» In 1921, the church gained the status of a basilica. The cathedral was visited by Pope twice, in 1985 and 1988.

Government Palace, Lima

» Casa de Pizarro is the residence of the President of Peru. The first palace was built in 1535 by the first governor Francisco Pizarro, on the spacious Indian cemetery.
» The palace was destroyed by an earthquake in 1586. A new building was destroyed by a fire.
» The last reconstruction was started in 1937. The palace was built by a Polish architect Ricardo de Jaxa Malachowski. In the courtyard of the residence, there is a garden. As the legend says, there is a tree planted by Francisco Pizarro.
» In the palace, halls and rooms have different names and are dedicated to persons who made their mark on Peruvian history.
» Interiors of halls match their names. The Sevillian Patio features tiles made in Seville. Everything in the Golden Hall is covered with gold leaf. Ambassadors are solemnly hosted here. Beneath this hall, the Temple of the Incas was found during archeological excavations. The room of Admiral Miguel Grau, a naval hero, is decorated with picturesque paintings.
» Every day at 12 o’clock, you can see the changing of the President Guards that protect the residence of the President.

Justice Palace, Lima

» The Palace of Justice in Lima is the seat of the Supreme Court. This building started to be built upon the order of President Augusto B. Leguia in 1929.
» The Palace was completed in 1939 under the presidency of Oscar R. Benavides.
» The project of the building was developed by a Polish architect Bruno Paprocki.
» At that time, a bronze medal with the Justice Palace was made.
» Nowadays, it is the seat of the Supreme court with a basement archive and pre-trial chambers for suspects.

Convent of Santo Domingo, Lima

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Convent of Santo Domingo was founded during the reign of the first governor Francisco Pizarro who gifted the land to a monk participating in aggressive military campaigns.
» The construction was started in 1540.
» The church built in the territory of the monastery is truly Peruvian. There are ashes of three famous canonized and revered Peruvian saints, St. Rose of Lima, St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639), and St. John Macias (1585-1645).
» One of them, Martin de Porres, was a dark-skinned illegitimate church novice who was let into the brotherhood for his deeds.
» The church is crowned by a domed bell tower with the statue of an angel that holds a pipe for proclaiming the last Judgment.
» In the monastery, the National University of San Marcos was founded in 1551. It is the oldest university in South America.

Church of St. Peter, Lima

Location on the map:   Facts: » «Iglesia de San Pedro» is the Spanish name of the Church of St. Peter in Lima. It had been named San Pablo before.
»  The church started to be built upon the order of the Jesuits from Peru.
»  The construction was completed in 1638.
»  Now, the Church of St. Peter belongs to the Jesuits.
»  It is a part of the Archdiocese and the historical center of Lima. In 1991, the church was also registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
»  In the church, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is especially revered.
»  The viceroy of Peru Ambrosio O'Higgins was among people who were buried in the Church of St. Peter.
»  The facade of the building is neoclassical. According to the project, the interior imitates the main architectural monument of the Jesuits in Rome, the Church of the Gesu.
»  Behind the altars of the church, there are rooms decorated with baroque ornaments.
»  A lot of its artifacts were presented by aristocrats. So, the most interesting thing in the church is its collection of relics.
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♥   Palace 'Palace of Justice' Lima, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Osambela House' Lima, 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Archbishop Palace' Lima, 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Torre Tagle Palace' Lima, 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Government Palace' Lima, 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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♥   Art museum 'Museo de Arte de Lima' Lima, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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♥   Catedral San José en Bellavista, Callao, 8.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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