Cathedral of Lima, Lima

Cathedral of Lima, Lima (must see)

La Catedral de Lima is easily one of the oldest, most historical structures in Lima. Famous Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, is said to have laid the first stone, carrying on his shoulders the first log used in the construction. Particularly noted for its interiors, opulent with the intricate and delicately vaulted ceiling and checkerboard floor, the structure is embellished with very rare Baroque furnishings, the most remarkable of which are the beautifully carved choir stalls. Also notable is the colorful mix mosaic chapel which contains the tomb of Francisco Pizarro himself. Within the cathedral is a small museum displaying religious artifacts and pieces of art that are absolutely marvelous and well worth seeing. The marble flooring, the awesome paintings and the golden altars of the 17th century largely add to the cathedral's overall appeal, just as well.

The cathedral has 15 smaller chapels, each of which is devoted to a certain saint. A true historic monument of immense value, you will be amazed by the huge amount of historical information associated with it as soon as you visit and get to see its amazing architecture. Together with the other buildings overlooking the Plaza de Armas, this is the heart of Lima's World Heritage-listed area.

Why You Should Visit:
Between the relics, the mosaics, the archeological displays, and the interior of this religious sanctum, you could very well spend hours studying design.
There are catacombs, side rooms, upper levels galore and the exploration is part of the intrigue and fun.

Tip:
Buy a combo ticket and visit the nearby Archbishop's Palace, too; they are both beautiful and worth your while; guided visits are a plus (you are supposed to tip the guide).
Once inside, do not take pictures! Regardless of your religious beliefs, this is a place of worship that is very important to Peruvian Catholics, and staff will not tolerate it.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat: 10am-1pm; Sun: 1-5pm

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Sight Name: Cathedral of Lima
Sight Location: Lima, Peru
Sight Type: Religious
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