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CHURCHES OF LIMA
As might be expected from a city that was founded by
the Spanish on the precepts of the Catholic religion, Lima has an
abundance of churches, cathedrals and monasteries that date back as
far as the early 16th century.
For people interested in the architecture and styles of early South
America, Lima's churches and temples are a must see. Here's a look
at just a few of the most popular sites.
||3 ½ hours
||Daily Departures from Lima Peru at 9.00am or 2.00pm
||You will be delighted with the antique architecture
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|Nonetheless, out of all the
churches and convents in the Historical Center, three stand out from the
rest respect to their history and significance. The Cathedral, the Convent
of Santo Domingo and the Convent of San Francisco merge the main features of
Lima's religious buildings.
THE CATHEDRAL – Open daily from 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Located in the Plaza Mayor in the historical downtown city center. The
Cathedral was completed in 1622 after over 40 years of construction. In
1746, it was severely damaged by an earthquake, and was rebuilt by Jesuit
Juan Rehr. The building itself is a mix of Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic and
Neoclassic styles. The remains of Lima founder Francisco Pizarro are found
inside the Cathedral, as well as a museum of religious art.
Cathedral with a History. That prevailing atmosphere of immense faith found
mainly in the Historical Center made its appearance on January 18, 1535,
when conquistador Francisco Pizarro, himself, laid the founding stone and
carried on his shoulders the first log of timber to be used in the
construction of what today is the Cathedral of Lima.
Facing the Main Square (Plaza Mayor), the Cathedral has undergone countless
modifications throughout its 463 years of history yet still maintains,
unlike the buildings which surround it, its colonial structure and facade.
Today, the Cathedral rises majestically in the heart of Lima. It is a symbol
of the city; maybe because it was born with the city or perhaps because in
its first lateral chapel there is an urn with the ashes of Francisco
Pizarro, the 'conquistador' and founder of this thrice-crowned town.
THE SANTO DOMINGO CONVENT – Visiting hours are daily from 7am-1pm and
The oldest convent: Santo Domingo was conceived with the city but its
founder was not Pizarro; it was a friar named Tomas de San Martin, later to
become Preceptor Prior of the Dominican Order.
As in all convents, Santo Domingo - located between 'jirones' Lima and
Camana - is a sort of city inside the city; and it comprises a succession of
cloisters and yards which are surrounded by service areas and communal
The first university in the Americas, the San Marcos University, was first
opened here in 1551. The ashes of Santa Rosa de Lima, the patron saint of
the city of Lima, are interred here. San Martin de Porras, the patron saint
of race relations and social justice, also calls the church his final
resting place. The church features some really magnificent artwork,
including a 16 century statue of the crucifixion of Christ and a marble
statue of Santa Rosa. The convent features a ceiling done in the Moorish
style, also from the 16th century, an impressive library and a Baroque
LAS NAZARENAS CHURCH - Opening time: Daily 8am– noon & 6–8.30pm
The limean architecture undergoes a change during the Illustration. Italian,
French and Center-European contributions give greater distinctness to the
structural and ornamental assortment, leading to a rational study which
contrasts with the traditions of the Spanish baroque. This new tendency is
evident in the temple of Las Nazarenas which is the finest and more
harmonious example of 18th Century religious architecture. The facade has a
delicate elliptic arch, elongated by its curves culminating in niches and
The church of Las Nazarenas is small and outwardly undistinguished but it
has an unusual history. After the severe 1655 earthquake, a mural of the
crucifixion, painted by an Angolan slave on the wall of his hut and
originally titled Cristo de Pachacamilla, was the only object left standing
in the district. Its survival was deemed a miracle – the cause and focus of
popular processions ever since – and it was on this site that the church was
founded in the eighteenth century. The widespread and popular processions
for the Lord of Miracles, to save Lima from another earthquake, take place
every spring (Oct 18, 19, 28 & Nov 1), based around a silver litter, which
carries the original mural. Purple is the colour of the procession and many
women in Lima wear it for the entire month.
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