Lima Destinations & Lima Tourist Attractions. Lima, the City of kings has an interesting and attractive historic center containing valuable examples of colonial and republican architecture. Lima Peru is the only latin america capital on the coast has some unbeatable cultural and gastronomic tourist attractions that are becoming ever better appreciated by sophisticated tourist.
Lima is located on the coast at the mouth of the Rimac River, In the pre hispanic times the valley was a verdant oasis and the site of fishing and farming settlements form very early on.
Among the principal tourist attractions are the Main Square, on which three of the city’s most important building, past and present, stand: The Catedral, the Presidential Palace, and the Municipality. Traveling around modern-day Lima provides a good idea of the complexity of that country of Peru.
Lima Tourist Attractions:
City of Churches
The Cathedral is an impressive building dating from 1555. It holds a sarcophagus containing the remains of Francisco Pizarro. Nearby are other important religious building, such as the church and convent of San Francisco, which is part of one of the best colonial building complexes of the 17th Century.
Its cloisters, decorated with beautiful ceramic tiles, has an interesting museum of vice regal art containing a valuable collections of works. Beneath it are catacombs that are more than three hundred years old. Close by are the church and convent of Santo Domingo, and the monastery and church of Los Descalzos.
Lima has numerous fine town houses and mansions, reflecting its magnificent past and whose beauty represents the colonial splendor of the city. Among the building outstanding for their originality and state of preservation are the Torre Tagle Palace, The Oquendo Mansion or Osambela Palace, the Riva Aguero Mansion and the Aliaga Mansion, We can also see beautiful mansions in Arequipa.
Museums and Culture
Like any capital city, Lima contains the most important museums displaying the history of the country in pre-Inca and Inca times as well as later. The National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History contains an important collection of ceramic, textiles and jewellry from different cultures such as the Chavin, Mochica, Chimu, Tiahunaco, Pucara Puno, Paracas, Nasca, and Ica Peru.
The Larco Herrera Museum has a splendid private collection of ceramics, particularly from the Mochica Culture. It also has a gallery containing fine examples of gold and silversmithy, including a complete pectoral ornament in gold once used by a Chimu chieftain. Its gallery of erotic ceramics is very popular.
Huaca Pucllana Archaeological Treasure
Huaca Pucllana is a pre-Inca pyramid built of adobe bricks. It was one of the most important administrative and ceremonial centres of the Lima culture, which flourished between 200 and 700 A.D. in the Chancay, Chillon, Rimac and Lurin valleys. There is now an on-site museum exhibiting articles found during the excavation work. Occasionally it forms the backdrop for music and other events.
This monuments is one of the most impressive examples of Lima’s enormous cultural treasure. In the heart of Miraflores and built around the 5th century A.D., Huca Pucllana is one of the city of Lima’s most important monuments, in the middle of a residential area and an example of the preservation archaeological heritage.