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Pueblo Libre

Pueblo Libre is a quiet residential district located not far from Lima’s historic center. Originally founded in 1557 as Magdalena Vieja, this section of town was given a new name in 1821 by none other than JosĂ© de San MartĂ­n, one of the Great Liberators of South America. The town was renamed for the great patriotism and desire for freedom that San MartĂ­n saw in the inhabitants. In 1881, during the disastrous War of the Pacific, the government of Peru briefly used Pueblo Libre as the seat of government. Pueblo Libre is also sometimes called “Villa de los Libertadores” because different leaders of the independence movement, such as BolĂ­var, Sucre, CĂłrdova and others, maintained official residences there. Well known for its museums, including two of Lima’s best, the Museo Larco and Museo Nacional de ArqueologĂ­a, AntropologĂ­a e Historia del PerĂș, this part of town is also good for shopping.

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

07 Feb 2012

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Museo Nacional de ArqueologĂ­a / National Archaeology Museum

The Museo Nacional de ArqueologĂ­a, AntropologĂ­a e Historia del PerĂș is a must-see for history buffs. Like the Museo de la NaciĂłn, it provides an overview of the history of the region, mostly ...
Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

Museo Larco / Larco Museum

The Museo ArqueolĂłgico Rafael Larco Herrera, commonly known as the Museo Larco or Larco Museum, is one of the most popular in Lima. Set in a gorgeous old hacienda, the museum is the private ...
Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

Plaza BolĂ­var

Away from the bustle of Lima\'s downtown lies Pueblo Libre\'s central square, Plaza BolĂ­var. Broad flagstone paths lace this green space. In the center is fountain crafted in 1742. The plaza is ...
City Plaza
Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru
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