Lima was founded in 1535 under the name of “City of Kings”. The main square is surrounded by the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop and the Municipal Palace. The beauty of baroque religious buildings, can be seen in the convents and churches such as San Francisco, Santo Domingo, La Merced, Las Nazarenas, San Pedro, San Augustine, Los Descalzos, San Marcelo and Santa Rosa de Lima.
Lima has many museums that exhibit ancient relics of the pre-Columbian cultures, sculptures and other works of colonial and republican art. Main museums are National Museum, National Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, National History Museum, Gold Museum of Peru, Amano Museum and Larco Museum.
Lima nearby tourist attractions
- Historic Center:
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, splendid examples of colonial architecture can be seen such as the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Convent of San Francisco.
It was the most important ceremonial center of the Peruvian coast from pre-Inca times. It consists of a series of structures of adobe (mud) the Sun Temple, the Temple of Urpi Wachak and the Temple of the Moon or Acllawasi.
- San Isidro District:
financial and commercial center, location of banks, international companies, modern buildings, hotels, restaurants and business centers. It has great cultural activities, theaters, art galleries and cultural centers.
- Miraflores District:
features a large and modern shopping area, theaters, cinemas and art galleries. Emphasize its green areas of great beauty, as Kennedy Park, home to artisans, painters and folk music groups.
- Barranco District:
Today is the main bohemian quarter of the city, houses and cozy corners that offer music and cultural shows, nightclubs, pubs and cafes.