Santo Domingo Church & Convent, Lima

Santo Domingo Church & Convent, Lima (must see)

There are many places of historical value in Lima found in close proximity to each other. One such place, Plaza de Armas, is the central square of the city and provides access to some of the most important sites in the nation's history, including the Santo Domingo Church. The church stands in the northwest section of the Plaza, on the land donated by Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistador and the founder of Lima, to a Dominican friar, Vicente Valverde, in 1540. It is one of the oldest and most historically significant places of worship in the city. The architectural grandeur of Santo Domingo has drawn thousands of tourists from all parts of the globe over the years. The building has been renovated and modified numerous times and currently features a Baroque style.

The church has three naves, namely the Chapel of Rosary, the Chapel of Saint Rose and the Choir, all carved in cedar. Its main tower stands 60 meters tall, being one of the tallest in Lima. The church is considered a sacred place and houses the remains of Saint Martin de Porres, Saint Rose of Lima and San Juan Masias. The statue of Saint Rose, presented by Pope Clement X to Santo Domingo, is also here. The Church of Santo Domingo is a must visit for all religious aficionados!

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting tour with the Spanish/English-speaking guides, included in the ticket price for the convent.
The bell tower is a wonderful place to survey all of Lima and get a feel for the scope and extent of the modern city.
The grounds are beautifully kept along with all of the old artwork. There's also a library that is stunning if you like very old books in a wonderful setting.

Tip:
Guides are available but they do take a lunch break so make sure you time your visit accordingly!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-1pm / 5-7:30pm
[Tower] Daily: 8:30am-5:30pm

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Sight Name: Santo Domingo Church & Convent
Sight Location: Lima, Peru
Sight Type: Religious
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