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Main Square of Lima
The Main Square of Lima is one of the most important touristic destinations,
located in heart of the Historic Centre of Lima, founded by Francisco Pizarro in
1535, is a World Heritage Site, declared by UNESCO.
The Plaza was the headquarters of the Spanish Colonial Government and was
heavily damaged during the earthquake in 1746, almost all the churches,
convents, monasteries, chapels and hospitals were damaged, after the quake the
Plaza had to be rebuild, most temples and monasteries, the Cathedral of Lima
first began its reconstruction in 1752.
During the viceregal era, the square served as a market, bullring and a place of
execution of those convicted by the Tribunal of the Holy Inquisition. In 1651
was placed at its center, the bronze fountain which remains until now. It was
here that was proclaimed in 1821, the Independence of Peru and other important
events such as the first set of gas street lighting providing the first post in
the square with garden area, began laying rails for the first streetcars which
were pulled by horses and mules, and with the construction of the penitentiary
in Lima, prisons were no longer anymore in the Government Palace and the City
It is surrounded by architectural buildings like the Government Palace,
Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Municipal Palace. Almost all the
city tour starts from here, because it leads to the principal attractions of
Among the buildings in the historic center of Lima there are many balconies of
the colonial and republican eras which give to the city of Lima a very unique
feature. The types of balconies are open balconies, balcony ceilings, balconies
drawer, among others. To achieve conservation of the balconies of Lima, the
Municipality of Lima, during the administration of Mayor Alberto Andrade
Carmona, invited, to private companies and individuals, to adopt a balcony in
order to preserve them as they were originally. The profusion of these colonial
and Republicans balconies give harmony and originality to the old city of Lima
The square and the disposition of its buildings have contributed to important
contributions in Peru, is the case of the construction of the Cathedral of Lima,
the proclamation of independence, the first public lighting system of gas
provideding the first post in the square poles with garden area, began laying
rails for the first trams were pulled by horses and mules and, with the
construction of the penitentiary in Lima, prisons were no longer in the
Government Palace and the Cabildo. In 1922 the Archbishop's Palace is completed.
In 1938, the Government Palace was completed and the Municipal Palace in 1944.
Francisco Pizarro founded Lima to a site destined to the church which he
dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption, making Sinchi Puma give up their
property notarized paper, to make the occupation of the site chosen for the
church does not mean usurpation domain. Francisco Pizarro in 1535, laid the
first stone and carried in public manifestation of faith and humility, the first
tree for the edification of the church, first cathedral, which was made under
the title of Our Lady of the Assumption, ending the construction in 1538 and
inaugurated on March 11, 1540. Since 1991 the Cathedral is included as Cultural
Heritage of Humanity to be in the Historic Centre of Lima and its visit is of
rigor when people do tourism in Lima. During the week, the Cathedral offers
tourists the religious grounds as a museum, which preserves notable works of art
from colonial times.
The Government Palace
It is the headquarters of the Peruvian executive and the official residence of
the President of Peru. It includes a built area of 19,208 sqm. It is located in
the Plaza Mayor of Lima's historic center, on the banks of the Rimac River. The
facade of the palace is of French-inspired neo-Baroque style, while the side
facade is neoclassical style. About 200 people work there. Its first version was
sent to build the Spanish founder of Lima Francisco Pizarro in 1536 on lands
that were the chief Taulichusco. During the viceroyalty was called Viceroy
Palace or Viceregal Palace because, during this time, was the residence of the
viceroys during the colonial period. The current building dates from 1938 and
was built during the second government of Oscar Benavides. Every day at 12:00
Cavalry Regiment, Mariscal Domingo Nieto, performs its traditional Changing of
the Guard ceremony.
The Archbishop's Palace
It is the residence of the Archbishop of Lima and the administrative seat of the
Archdiocese of Lima, and it also houses the offices of Cardinal Juan Luis
Cipriani. It is located in the Plaza Mayor of Lima's historic center. The
Archbishop's Palace facade is neo-colonial architectural style. Has
characteristic elements of Baroque and is made entirely of stone reinstated. On
the central or main door, which is neoplateresque style, there are two large
balconies, neo-baroque, carved cedar wood and reflect the sensuality of
The Municipal Palace
It is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima. It has several
rooms like the Atahualpa Room, which is occupied by the Ladies Committee of the
Municipality. His name is because had preserved inside, and for many years, the
painting by Luis Montero the funeral of Atahualpa, who is currently in the Lima
Art Museum. Among the paintings that are notable in this room is the picture of
Daniel Hernandez Pizarro on horseback. Another is the Mirror room which is named
for the presence of huge mirrors located on the main wall, visually extending
the perspective of large Reception Room. Here is displayed a set clock and
candelabra gilded bronze rococo. The Reception Room is conceived as a dance
hall, with tribunes for orchestras, saved some pictures of Ignacio Merino, who
donated his collection to the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima. Assembly hall,
from here the city is administered. On the main stage there is a portrait of the
founder of Lima, Francisco Pizarro, Spanish work of Julio Vila y Prades,
surrounded by other paintings by some of the most important national life. A
polychrome wood relief shows the effigy of Nicholas de Ribera, who was the first
mayor of the city of Lima. We also found the Royal Coat of Arms of Lima, crest
granted by Royal Warrant dated in Valladolid on December 7, 1537 by Emperor
Charles V and his mother, Queen Juana I.
Is a civil non-profit organization founded on October 10, 1868. Among its
founders are several Peruvians who after the outbreak of the Pacific War became
heroes, including Miguel Grau, Alfonso Ugarte and Francisco Bolognesi. Currently
the Union Club has its headquarters in the heart of the historic center of Lima,
in the Plaza Mayor. Its facilities occupy a traditional palace called Palacio de
la Union. Was opened in 1942 and is considered Monumental Heritage of the Nation
by the National Institute of Culture of Peru and with the Government Palace of
Peru, Lima Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace of Lima and Lima Municipal Palace set
up architecture of the Plaza Mayor of Lima. It also has a beach sit located in
the district of Santa Rosa, where they are also sports facilities.
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