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Mural of Pizzaro's landing
Our tickets stated that we would not be able to visit the cathedral because of APAC, but I was hopeful that the conference would be over by that time, and I was right.
They let us take pictures inside as long as we didn't use flash. Although the interior is quite large and quite dark - built in the baroque style in 1564 - I was able to get some reasonable photos without using flash. It is supposed to have been designed by Francisco Pizarro (who conquered the Incas and founded Lima) and his tomb is inside (photo 3).
It was rebuilt after earthquakes in 1746 and 1940, and the altar was replaced around 1800 with one in a neoclassical style. At about the same time the towers that flank the entrance were added. It has a delicate vaulted ceiling, intricately carved choir stalls (photo 4) and a checkerboard floor.
Address: Plaza Mayor - Main Place (Centrum of Lima)
Desamparados Railway Station
What exactly is Colonial Spanish architecture? I don't know. I looked it up and found that
"...by the end of the 16th century..most of the buildings.., including the cathedrals, were built for military purposes and were consequently massive and plain. This was a period of transition from Spanish Gothic to Spanish Renaissance, with many buildings reminiscent of the plateresque style, with contrasting bare walls and ornamental doorways
During most of the 17th and 18th cent. the baroque style held sway, and in the 18th cent. the sumptuous Churrigueresque ornamentation of Spain was exported to the colonies. In addition to employing the large forms and curving lines of the traditional European baroque, Spanish colonial buildings maintained the contrast between decorated and plain surfaces of the earlier period."
So I guess it is plain walls and ornamented doorways, windows and balconies.
Modern church in plaza San Michael Archangel
We saw many other churches on our tours around Lima. The architecture was varied - some modern and some colonial. I don't have much information about these churches but thought the various architecture was interesting.
Band in front of the Presidential Palace
This building was built by Francisco Pizarro when he was Governor c 1535. Then, it was used by the Viceroys of the Viceroyalty of Peru. There were several fires - the last one was in the 1920's, so some of it isn't very old. The President doesn't actually live here anymore. People used to be able to visit, but that may not be possible now.
Every day at noon, the guard at the palace changes and this is fun to watch according to some of our friends on the ship who saw it on Friday.
Because of APEC, the Presidential Palace was being used for meeting of various heads of states and therefore the square and Cathedral were closed for a good part of the time we were there. But on Monday, when we did our Highlights tour, the square was open again.
After we came out of the cathedral we saw a band forming up in the forecourt and a limo, and were told that the Chinese ambassador was getting ready to leave. We waited to see if he would come out, but he never showed nor did we get to see the changing of the guard.
Address: Plaza Mayor - Main Place (Centrum of Lima)
Real Felipe Fort from the water
We came into Callao, the port for Lima, by ship (photo 5), and made all our excursions to Lima from here by bus. From Lima there is a four hour tour that you can take to the Real Felipe Fort and Navy Museum (photo 3). We didn't have a chance to do either of these things.
The Real Felipe was constructed from 1747 as a defense against pirate attacks It iis currently the seat of the Peruvian Army Museum.
You can also take a tour to the islands of Callao to see the many colonies of sea birds and Humboldt penguins. (photo 4) The farthest point on the trip is Palomino Island, home to a large number of seals and sea lions. This we did do and I recommend it.
Address: Jr. de la Unión 1040 Lima 01, Perú
Directions: Northwest of Lima
Phone: (51-1) 619-6900
Although the Archbishop's Palace has baroque elements and ornate cedar balconies which are located over the main doors - elements which might make you think it was old, it was really only constructed in the mid 1920s. It is next to the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and is the residence of the Archbishop of Lima, and the administrative headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lima.
It is listed as It is a popular tourist attraction but I don't know if it is open to the public. We didn't go in.
The first major church began construction in 1535. Pope Paul III turned it into an episcopal seat in 1541. In 1547, Lima was elevated to an archdiocese, which turned it by a short period, in the more extensive ecclesiastical circumscription of the world. The patron of the episcopal seat is Saint Rosa of Lima
Located on the land that Francisco Pizarro allocated to be the residence of the head priest of Lima after the foundation of the city in 1535, the current building was opened on December 8, 1924.
The palace was designed by the Polish Peruvian architect Ricardo de Jaxa Malachowski. The location formerly belonged to the city's first police station and the city's first jail.
There is a granite sculpture of Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo the patron protector of the Archdiocese. The palace also displays two flagpoles, one for the Peruvian flag and another for flag of the Vatican. The interior has a sculpture of Santa Barbara the patron of Cuba. The ceiling is illuminated by famous French stained glass windows and the interior also contains marble staircases with wooden handrails.
Address: Centrum of Lima
"El Beso" or the Kiss
El Parque del Amor Or Love Park is in the Miraflores District on the cliffs of Chorrillos overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It's surrounded by walls of romantic quotes scripted in mosaic tiles and a monumental statue of two lovers embracing each other in the center of the park by Victor Delfin. We didn't get a chance to see the park except from the bus.
Directions: Southwest Of The Centrum Of Lima
Although my ticket for this museum tour said that no photography was permitted, it turned out that photos without flash were permitted everywhere in this museum, which contained nicely arranged and well lit pottery from various eras of Peruvian native culture.
I am not particularly into in pottery, but the guide made it quite interesting and explained it clearly. Bob and I both had quite a few good pictures.
Founded in 1926, the Larco Museum showcases chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
Photo 2 is a portrait head from about 800 A.D.
Photo 3 has in the back on the left a 1300 - 1532 A.D. Imperial Epoch
Double-bodied spout and bridge bottle
Photo 4 - the black dog on the left is Mochica. 1 - 800 A.D. Apogee Epoch Crested animal
Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
(Daily including holidays)
- General admission: S/. 30.00
Senior citizens S/. 25.00 (65 and older)
Students and children under 15 years old S/. 15.00
Address: Av. Bolívar 1515, Pueblo Libre. Lima 21, Perú
Other Contact: (0511) 4611835
Phone: (00511) 4611312
City Hall across the square
The city hall is across from the cathedral on the main square. It is a yellow building with colonial wooden balconies and inside is a collection of Peruvian paintings and photographs, as well as the historical documents of the Founding of Lima on and the 1821 Independence of Peru. There is also a library. Next to it on the square is the headquarters of the Club de la Union. It looked like there were restaurants under the arches along the square where people were eating (photo 3)
Address: Plaza de Armas
San Martin plaza from the bus
This "plaza" the Plaza San Martín is apparently the place of choice for demonstrations as it is bigger and less restricted than the Plaza Major. It is surrounded by colonial-style buildings - hotels, a theatre, and airline offices and the like. We also saw airline offices around the main square in Trujillo so that must be a Peruvian or South American thing to have them there in the center rather than out at the airport.
The square was inaugurated in 1921 on the Centennial of Peru's Independence. There is a big equestrian monument in honor of General José de San Martín, Argentine Liberator of Peru in the center. He is supposed to be ascending the Andes. In front is a figure of a woman that I think represents liberty which was created by Catalan sculptor, don Mariano Benlluire.
Our guide said that the directions for the statue of freedom specified a crown of flames, but that in Spain (or in Catalan) the Peruvian Spanish word for flame was interpreted as the Spanish (Catalan) word for Llama. So the statue showed up with a llama on her head. The llama shows in photos 2 and 3 in closeup.
Address: Plaza San Martin
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