Founded by the notorious Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima is the capital of Republic of Peru. It is located on the Pacific coast and is the largest city in Peru.
Lima is a melting pot of many cultures, including Spanish, indigenous and Asian cultures, and it is reflected in its food as well. It is known as the Gastronomical Capital of the Americas.
The Miraflores district is an affluent suburb of Lima with a big shopping center. With its beaches, parks, and upscale restaurants and hotels, it is very popular with tourists.
Parque del Amor
Located in the Miraflores district is El Parque del Amor (Lover’s Park), a beautiful park dedicated to lovers and a great tourist attraction. At the center of this park overlooking the Pacific coast is El Beso, a famous statue carved by the world-renowned sculptor Victor Delfin of Peru.
El Circuito de Playas de la Costa Verde (The Costa Verde Beaches Circuit), commonly known as Costa Verde is a road that runs through the Miraflores district along the Pacific coastline and connects many districts in the Lima region.
Costa Verde has undergone many improvements after it was built in the sixties as an expressway. There are many piers along the way on the side of the sea making it a big tourist attraction.
The Plaza Mayor (also known as Plaza de Armas) is the central square of Lima, the capital city of Peru. It is a sprawling complex of many Spanish colonial structures that include the Government Palace, Cathedral of Lima, Archbishop’s Palace, and Municipal Palace.
Cathedral of Lima
The Cathedral of Lima is a Basilica dedicated to St. John the Apostle and Evangelist. The construction began in 1535 with Francisco Pizarro, the infamous Spanish Conquistador, laying the foundation stone. After undergoing many reconstructions, the building we see today was completed in 1622.
Monastery of San Francisco
Built in 1674, this impressive structure is located near the Plaza Mayor. Although it has a church and library, this monastery is famous for its catacombs containing skulls and bones of more than 25,000 bodies. The catacombs, which are situated under the church, served as a cemetery until 1808.
This building is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Larco Museum houses artifacts belonging to numerous cultures that flourished in and around Peru in the pre-Columbian era. See Inca and Pre-Inca Civilizations.
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