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Central Lima

The heart of Lima is found in its Centro Hist贸rico (historic center). Once an Inca city of some importance, Lima became a major city under the Spanish, who decided to establish a port at nearby Callao. Although their first efforts at building a city on the site were destroyed in a 1746 earthquake, the city was rebuilt and today is home to some of the most impressive architecture in the Americas.

Any visitor to Lima will probably visit the historical center at some point. All of the important churches, monasteries and plazas are located there, as well as many of the most interesting museums. There are also a number of hotels and hostels, some of which are stately colonial homes that have been converted to hotels. The backpacker set in particular will find Central Lima's hotels affordable and unique.

Central Lima includes not only the Centro Hist贸rico, but also the Cercado de Lima (the blocks immediately around the historic center), the Barrio Chino (Chinatown), and the Bre帽a and La Victoria neighborhoods.

Other neighborhoods in Lima: Chorrillos, Callao, San Borja, San Isidro, Pueblo Libre, Miraflores, Barranco and Lima Airport.

06 Apr 2012

Things to do in Central Lima

Iglesia San Pedro

A stunning church built by the Jesuits starting in the 16th century, Iglesia San Pedro (St. Peter鈥檚 Church) is one of Lima鈥檚 best-known landmarks. It is now a major visitor destination, as it ...
Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Plaza de Armas

Inca temples once stood here. Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro was assassinated here. Accused sorcerers were brutally punished around the square in the 17th century. Throughout history, the ...
City Plaza
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Convento y Iglesia de San Francisco is one of Lima鈥檚 most haunting (almost literally) and memorable sites. Originally constructed in 1546, it is one of the oldest churches in South America. It also ...
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Museo de la Inquisici贸n / Museum of the Inquisition

Located on Plaza Bol铆var, which is also home to the Peruvian Congress building, the Museo de la Inquisici贸n is housed in the building that was home to the Inquisition from 1570 to 1820. The museum ...
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Palacio de Gobierno

On the northeast side of the Plaza de Armas, near the R铆o R铆mac, the Palacio del Gobierno has long been the site of Peruvian rulers. In the mid-16th century, Marquis Francisco Pizarro constructed ...
Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Parque de la Exposici贸n

109162Featuring some of the most exquisite architecture in Lima, the Parque de la Exposici贸n downtown is a tribute to Lima\'s urban planners in the 19th century, when it was conceived and built in 1868. ...
City Park
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Museo de Arte de Lima / Lima Art Museum

Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) has the best collection of Peruvian art in the country. The paintings cover the colonial era to the present, and there is also a selection of woodcarvings, furniture, ...
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Catedral de Lima

Lima\'s Catedral is a highlight of any visit to the city. The first stone of the cathedral was laid by Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador who defeated the Inca. Ironically, Pizarro would be ...
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Casa Aliaga

Casa Aliaga, or the Aliaga House, is a fascinating home and museum. Jer贸nimo de Aliaga was one of Francisco Pizarro鈥檚 most trusted lieutenants during the exploration and conquest of Peru, and he ...
Museum, Historical Building
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Plaza San Mart铆n

Plaza San Mart铆n is one of the largest and most impressive city squares in Lima. Built in 1921 and named for Jos茅 de San Mart铆n, a hero of South American independence, purple-flowering jacaranda ...
City Plaza
Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Museo de Arte Italiano / Italian Art Museum

110778Only a short distance from the Parque de la Exposici贸n, the Museo de Arte Italiano (Italian Art Museum) is a pleasant detour into Renaissance culture, complete with a neo-classical building and ...
Central Lima, Lima, Peru
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