It was Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro who laid the first stone here. The cathedral is bordered by 15 chapels, one of ... More
Cathedral of Lima
It was Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro who laid the first stone here. The cathedral is bordered by 15 chapels, one of which holds the remains of the conquistador himself. The interior, adorned with cruciform pillars, candelabras and Italian marble flooring, exemplifies the beauty of colonial architecture. Also worth seeing are the altars dedicated to Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo and to the Virgen de la Evangelizacion, as well as the magnificent Pedro de Noguera choir stalls. The sacristy serves as the Museum of Religious Art, which displays sacred artifacts, liturgical furnishings and paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The first thing that stuck out to me was that you had to pay to get into the church, i thought that was interesting and their attendant was kind rude. The positive side of this place is that the entrance fee includes a tour and you get to see Pizarro's tomb and the Peruvian Virgen.
I didn't find this cathedral to be that impressive. There are 2 interesting parts of the museum for the average tourist. It is also weird that you have to pay to enter the cathedral. Of all the cathedrals i've seen, i've never had to be to go in. Isn't the church a non-profit...? On top of that, the staff was kind of rude. There are far more interesting place to see and do in Lima. If you have time check this place out, but it shouldn't be on top of their list.
The Cathedral isn't the most impressive, fairly small scale. But it is pretty. What you can see from the entrance is what you pretty much get after you pay. But, I guess it's all about the tour, where you get the info.
The Plaza Mayor in Lima is not only one of the most beautiful places in South America, but also one of the safest cities. Outside the Cathedral, you will find impeccable colonial buildings with magnificent balconies dated back to 15th century. Special attention must be given to the "Municipalidad de Lima" building which is just located opposite the Cathedral. Next to it, you will find the "Palacio de Gobierno" with their own "Change of the Guard" daily performed. Inside the Cathedral, you will find stunning marble floors, gold altars, and paintings from the 17th century. And while you are in the area, do not miss a visit to Hotel Maury, a few blocks away from the Plaza Mayor, for the best Pisco Sour (Peru National Drink) in town. Incidentally, it was in the bar of the Hotel Maury where Pisco Sour was invented. Enjoy!.
Lima cathedral is the best of south america, it contents a lot of history and a big colonial treasure.
The tour all around the complex (cathedral and museum) is really interesting, I could learn many things about Peru and its history.
its a nice place to visit when traveling to lima, but some of the artifacts inside didn't hold much interest to me. it was a nice place to visit though. there was a lot of history behind the beautiful building, real pretty. overall, it was nice.
Last week I went with my 6 year-old son and I was very impressed with the tourist guide. The tour didn't wait for more people so basically we were three people, including me and my son! I said 'don't worry about me, the tour is for him'.
I'm Peruvian but live in the States. I've visited several countries but I felt really proud with the dedication the guide put on my kid.
He went to his level of understanding, called him by his name all the time. My son never lost interest and he was very excited with all the details. He wrote and awesome essay for his class on his way back.
Lima is a safe place to go...what a difference if I compare it to 10 or more years ago! I will definitely continue taking my kids to the historical part of Lima on my future visits. There is always something more to learn.
Of course, a must see. In the Old Lima section of Lima, this is the historical capital. See the coffin of Francisco Pizarro, who brought the Spanish era to this section of the world. The cathedral is not the prettiest I have ever seen (due to several major earthquakes), but it is undeniably the most historically significant I have seen.
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