A short stroll through the churches and museums of Lima

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San Francisco Church, Lima por James Preston.

Lima, capital of Peru, also known as the thrice crowned kings village or city riverside garden talkative, reached its apogee in the eighteenth century. Few cities in the world can rival the elegance of its women and wealth of its inhabitants. Part of this importance is finally lost its independence, only to be capital of a country as economically dependent on the great powers, having been for centuries the capital of Spanish South America.

Among the churches of Lima, which are the monuments that have best preserved their wealth, although some were modified at the beginning of the nineteenth century are: San Pedro, which is probably the best preserved church in seventeenth century style. Its golden altars and wood carvings are among the most perfect of Peru.

San Francisco with his group of three churches is a baroque building with Moorish influences, La Merced in Jiron de la Union (old street “merchants”), the first church in Lima and their first convent. The recently restored facade gives an idea of stonework done by local artists.

Much more simple and sober, though no less beautiful is the Cathedral, with a facade dating from the eighteenth century and a beautiful work in the choir stalls. In the first chapel is the tomb of Pizarro. Both the Cathedral, as the Government Palace and the city are located in the Plaza de Armas, the center of political life, although both the Palace and the municipality annexes and portals are recent works of the twentieth century.

In civil architecture are good examples of the splendor of the colonial Lima. El Palacio de Torre Tagle, Foreign Ministry today, the Casa de Oquendo, the Rural House of Pilate and the Casa de Rada, are classic examples of colonial architecture.

Amazingly, the cemeteries are also museums in Lima, the most prominent being the Master Priest, rides are usually at night on a tour called “full moon” and can see the graves of famous works of Peruvian and famous artists art decorating the tombs.

In e! Low neighborhood e! Bridge, you can visit and! Paseo de Aguas, the Alameda de los Descalzos, the viewpoint of Ingunza and Plaza de Acho, which is the oldest bullring of America, all of these architectural gems are also relics of the colonial period.

Modern Lima, with its monuments to the heroes, and various personalities Peruvian and foreign is a beautiful and comfortable city that has nothing to envy to the best cities in the world. We recommend you visit the major museums that hold all the richness of the Peruvian past, among them the Museum of Anthropology and Archeology of La Magdalena, and  Gold Museum (owned! Mr. Mujica Gallo). In e! south side of Lima, formerly known as are the spas, today joined with the city directly.

Among them you can walk around Miraflores, with its traditional houses, entertainment centers, department stores and parks, with its famed San Isidro Olivar, Barranco with their traditional access to the sea in which one observes the “Wooden Bridge” and Chorrillos, which has beaches and of course the famous Morro Solar Observatory with its planetarium.

Good Luck!

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