The obligatory trip into historic Lima

We had planned to be in Lima for 10 days, and it seemed a trip into the Historic Centre should be on our agenda. This area dates back to the early days of Lima, founded in 1535. It’s one of the best-preserved districts from the era of Spanish rule, deserving its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, we’d also read all the warnings about Lima: beware of thieves and dishonest taxi drivers.

We avoided taxis when we discovered the Lima Metro – with a station not far from our B&B. When we arrived at Plaza Mayor, the view seemed a little unreal.   The historic 16th Century buildings were perfectly grand. Many Peruvians were seated in the plaza, enjoying the afternoon.

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There weren’t as many tourists as we’d expected – but when you saw them, they were unmistakable.

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The Plaza Mayor looked almost like a movie set in its antique perfection.

We entered the Cathedral of Lima, dating back to 1538.

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What a shock to find that Francisco Pizarro was buried in the church. We also discovered that Pizarro had laid the first stone for the cathedral’s construction.

Francisco Pizarro, Spanish Conquistador, led two failed attempts to bring down the Inca Empire in 1524 and 1526 in his quest for riches. Within ten years, on his third attempt, he had mercilessly conquered the Incas. A few years later, a Spanish rival’s son assassinated Pizarro in Lima.

We visited side chapels, underground crypts, and rooms holding old vestments. We thought the Cathedral could easily have been built in Spain with little suggestion that it was in the New World.

We visited side chapels, underground crypts, and rooms holding old vestments. We thought the Cathedral could easily have been built in Spain with little suggestion that it was in the New World.

Returning to Plaza Mayor, we saw an unusual light green building down a side street, the Casa de la Literatura Peruana, celebrating Peruvian literature.

Returning to Plaza Mayor, we saw an unusual light green building down a side street, the Casa de la Literatura Peruana, celebrating Peruvian literature.

We wandered in, looked at the display of books published in Peru, and admired the skylight in the center hallway. Later we discovered the building used to be the railway station.

We wandered in, looked at the display of books published in Peru, and admired the skylight in the center hallway. Later we discovered the building used to be the railway station.

We’d tried to find a nice restaurant in the area on tripadvisor and nothing stood out as a very good option. Well, all we can say is that not every meal can be a great one. The meal we had that day was our worst in Lima. We consoled ourselves that – at least for now – we had the worst behind us. Maybe it was time to head back to our B&B in Miraflores.

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As we walked across the Plaza on our way to the Metro, we saw a little boy running after a horse and carriage.

Time for us to exit, too.

 

July 2016

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7 Responses to The obligatory trip into historic Lima

  1. shivanishangout says:

    Beautiful clicks✨

  2. The old city looks so beautiful with all that gorgeous architecture. If dishonest taxi drivers realised they were doing themselves out of business they might change their ways.

  3. leggypeggy says:

    I love Lima. Thanks for the re-visit. Be sure to go to the Larco Museum while you’re there.

  4. Obligatory visits are often like that. But the Plaza Major looks wonderful, and that stained glass ceiling you photographed was beautiful. I wish you better meals to come.. 😉

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