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Cathedral of Lima

The twin towers of this 16th-century basilica are a constant presence in the backdrop of views from anywhere in the city center.

The Cathedral of Lima is a large basilica that dates back to the early 16th century. The white building has a colonial design with giant twin tower spirals as its most recognizable feature from around the city center. It sits on one of the most visited parts of the city, Plaza Mayor, and contains many side chapels that lead to the plaza and its surrounding streets. There are also paintings on the walls and a tomb of a Spanish conquistador.

Capture photos of the building’s intimidating façade and its towering spires of neoclassical design. The architecture is clearly influenced by European styles with its wide columns and white exterior. The central façade contains three grand doorways. Walk through the Portada del Perdón (Door of Forgiveness) into the spacious church. Note the Peruvian emblem above the portal.  

The cathedral contains 14 side chapels, some of which open onto the street. Appreciate the grandeur of the solemn church as you take a walk around inside. Marvel at the paintings hanging on the walls. Take a look at ancient pictures that were only recently discovered during a renovation. Marvel at the Grand Altar, which is gold-plated.

Visit the museum to see historic relics from colonial times. Locate the tomb of the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro. He is generally accepted as the person who founded the city of Lima when settlers arrived in the 16th century.

Take a romantic stroll around Plaza Mayor in the evening to see the cathedral soaked in golden lights. Dine at one of the many restaurants in the area. There is a surplus of cafés, bars and hotels, since the cathedral is so centrally-located.

Construction of the cathedral’s original building commenced in 1535, though it has gone through many renovations and reconstructions since then.

The Cathedral of Lima stands next to Plaza Mayor in a central area of Lima. It is just south of the Rimac River that runs through the center of the city. Take the bus to Estación Jirón de la Union and walk a few blocks northeast to the cathedral. The old, disused train station, Desamparados Station, is two blocks north of the site. There are many restaurants, cafés and hotels in the area as well as attractions, such as the Aliaga Virreynal House and the Palacio Municipal de Lima (Presidential Palace of Lima).


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        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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