"Lima" Peru Things to Do Tip by tini58de

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  Plaza Mayor/Plaza de Armas
by tini58de

Lima is the main gateway to Peru, a major city bustling with living history and movement. It is an ethnic melting pot, featuring pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern elements. The metropolis is also surrounded by every aspect of Nature: the sea, islands, mountains, desert and plantlife. Its various quarters feature an active nightlife and well-endowed cultural scene, as well as plentiful public transport and non-stop activities, a city of more than 8 million souls.

But to be quite honest - I definitely prefer the other places in Peru!!!

In the picture you can see the Plaza Mayor, which used to be known as the Plaza de Armas. The fountain in the centre of the plaza was made by Pedro de Noguera, who was also responsible for the choir stalls in the cathedral. The main building in the Plaza is the Cathedral (7am-10am, after 5pm, free, between 10am and 4.30pm $1.50, including entry to museum). Although this is the only building on the square dating from before the 20th century, the plaza is still an elegant, and traditional, focal point for the city. The Cathedral was completed at the end of the 18th century, after having been destroyed several times by various earthquakes. The exterior, and the interior, of the cathedral are quite dull, although the carved choir stalls are impressive. Pizarro's tomb lies in one of the side chapels. There is a Museum of Colonial Art inside the cathedral.

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  • Updated Jun 19, 2003
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