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Cerro de San Crist贸bal - Historical Building Lima - Peru

A large cross at the summit of a 409-meter (1,342 feet) high hill, Cerro de San Crist贸bal provides visitors a great view of Lima extending out to the sea. The cross itself, erected in 1928, supplanted various predecessors. The tradition began with a wooden cross planted by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 to honor the 鈥渕iraculous鈥 victory of his 500 troops against an army of 25,000 Inca resistors to Spanish domination. An interpretive museum offers more detail of San Crist贸bal鈥檚 history (Entry: adults $0.40, children free). It is now also the site an annual religious pilgrimage.


Calle San Crist贸bal, R铆mac

Lima, Peru

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Site of historic significance, Church and museum, Spiritual/Religious

Getting There

Any number of vans leaving near the Palacio del Gobierno on the Plaza de Armas in downtown Lima will take you there ($2).

Price Description: The hill is free; the museum charges a small fee for adults only.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Daily 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Friday 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday 9 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

A camera

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Here are other activities in and around Lima that may be of interest: Casa Aliaga, Iglesia San Pedro, Iglesia de Jes煤s, Maria y Jos茅, Convento de Santo Domingo, Correo Central de Lima, Palacio de Gobierno, Iglesia La Ermita, Santuario De Santa Rosa De Lima and Iglesia La Merced.

By Ricardo Segreda
Growing up in New York, Rick Segreda used to cut out of high school in order to hang out at the Museum of Modern Art and catch foreign-language...
27 Jan 2012

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