Lima's Churches


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Lima's Churches

The amount of churches in Lima can be overwhelming to a first-time visitor. Wherever you look, you'll find great religious buildings rich in both architectural detail and history, especially when walking around the city center. We have selected 5 of those well worth visiting: 1. Catedral de Lima. In the city's main square, the cathedral is not only Peru's most important catholic church but also the first one ever built, dating back to the foundation of Lima in 1535. Inside the cathedral lie the bones of the city's conquistador, Francisco Pizarro. 2. Basílica y Convento de San Francisco (pictured). A curious fact about this church is that it was built on top of catacombs which served as a cemetery during colonial times. A visit to its basement will surprise you with bones and skulls of around 25 thousand people. 3. Santuario de Santa Rosa de Lima. Erected in the exact place where Santa Rosa was born. Here, you can explore the grounds where the city's patron lived and treated the poor. 4. Basílica y Convento de San Pedro. Many consider it to be the most beautiful church in Lima. Check out its magnificent interior and see for yourself. 5. Parroquia Santa María Reina. Its unusual oval shape is the big draw here. Bonus: Basilica y Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Merced: even if you decide not enter this one, just take your time admiring the stone carvings on its beautiful facade.

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