Sightsseing and Itineraries
It was the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro who laid the first stone here for the construction of this beautiful monument and place of worship. The cathedral is bordered by 15 chapels, one of which holds the remains of the conquistador himself. The interior, adorned with cruciform pillars, candelabras and Italian marble flooring, exemplify the beauty of colonial architecture. It is also worth seeing the altars that are dedicated to Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo and to the Virgen de la Evangelizacion, as well as the magnificent Pedro de Noguera choir stalls. The sacristy serves as the Museum of Religious Art, which displays sacred artefacts, liturgical furnishings and paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Museum admission is five soles with students and children under eight paying just three soles.
San Francisco Museum and Church
This excellent example of baroque colonial architecture is comprised of the Convent of San Francisco, and the Capilla de la Soledad y del Milagro (Chapel of Solitude and of the Miracle), which has a neo-classical facade. Dating from the year 1542, an extensive system of catacombs lies beneath. The cloisters are famous for the authentic Sevillian tile work which was completed in 1620. There is a Museum of Religious Art, the Zurbaran hall and a library which only adds to the intrigue and the history to this place. English and Spanish tours are available with a voluntary donation.
El Parque de las Leyendas
In addition to housing common animals such as lions, elephants, and giraffes, this zoo contains a large number of native Peruvian species. It is divided into three areas which represent the coast, the Andes Mountain region and the Peruvian rainforests while showing the peculiarities of each. The zoo has mechanical toys for children as well as a restaurant which serves items ranging from small teatime snacks to huge lunches. This is a lovely outing that anyone at any age can enjoy and is a great family treat for those with younger children.
Lima Iglesia de San Agustin
The church’s surviving 17th-century elements are the Spanish baroque front, the sacristy (noted for the fine woodwork) and its antechamber featuring a stuccoed ceiling, decorative wall tiles and a striking wooden rendition of “Death” by Baltazar Gavilan. (Jr. Ica cuadra 2 and Camana). For those who are interested in architecture or are merely interested in a quick stopover while visiting other sights nearby will enjoy this city’s smaller treasure.