Visiting Lima All about Museums, tourist attractions
VISIT THE CAPITAL OF PERU AND THE MOST INTERESTING TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE CITY OF LIMA
If you are visiting the capital of Peru, Lima, and its most interesting sights, I recommend starting with a walk through the historic city center, which is on the UNESCO list. I don’t know of a better way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a visited city than a slow walk through the local old town.
HISTORIC CENTER OF LIMA – WHAT IS TO SEE AND VISIT?
The most important point of the old town is the Plaza de Armas de Lima, where the so-called Archiepiscopal palace is located, which is an extremely magnificent seat of the local Curia. The original building was built a few years after the founding of the city, but it was finished at the end of the XIX century during anti-ecclesiastical opposites. The reconstruction of the palace was carried out by a descendant of Polish emigrants, Ricardo de Jaxa Małachowski. Next to the Archbishop’s Palace there is an equally impressive Lima Cathedral, and next to the square there is also the historic building of the city hall (Palacio Municipal de Lima) and the so-called Pizarra House (Casa de Pizarro), where the President of the Republic resides with the Peruvian Council of Ministers.
In fact, each of these three buildings houses some kind of museum or exhibition – I found the interior of the city cathedral particularly interesting, which reminded me of the Church of St. Mary in Krakow in terms of the richness of sacred art. There are dozens of tombs in the temple, including the most important tomb of Pizarro, the founder of Lima. Unfortunately, the neighboring Pizarra house can only be visited by tourists on certain days during the official foreign trips of the President, etc. Nevertheless, it is worth going to the Presidential palace and seeing the ceremonial changing of the guard, which is performed with pomp and Pathos, which is even greater than the Queen’s London Guard.
THE OLD TOWN OF LIMA, THE MOST INTERESTING MUSEUMS OF
There are several interesting and smaller museums in the old town, although the most interesting are scattered in the other districts of Lima. In addition to the Archiepiscopal palace and the town hall, which houses an exhibition of works by the Peruvian painter Pancho Fierro, several historic houses from the sixteenth century are open to the public, including the archaeological site of the Bodega Quadra house (Museo de Sitio Bodega y Quadra). The place is small, but incredibly interesting to visit – a visit to this museum will give you a unique opportunity to plunge into the world of archaeological excavations on your own.
AMANO, the Museum of pre-Columbian fabrics (Museo Textil Precolombino)
Other interesting places you should visit are AMANO, the Museum of pre-Columbian Fabrics (Museo Textil Precolombino). It was founded… The Japanese collector Yoshitaro Amano, fascinated by the art of the Peruvian Indians. The fabrics are really beautiful, they look like the Wawel tapestry collection (Krakow) – I would even say that they are even more beautiful!
The Larco Museum (Museo Larco)
The Larco Museum (Museo Larco) has a similar character, cataloguing different types of pre-Columbian art. Although “ordinary” sculptures or jewelry have their appeal, the museum is famous for a huge collection of… Indian art on erotic subjects. I recommend them to everyone who is interested in this topic – the ancient inhabitants of Peru certainly have an interesting imagination.
THE UNUSUAL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE CITY OF LIMA
In conclusion, I would like to suggest two rather unusual attractions when visiting Lima. First of all, the city has a well-developed bicycle infrastructure, and on site, for a reasonable fee, you can rent ordinary and electric bicycles, both as part of an independent tour of the capital’s monuments and in the form of an organized bicycle tour with an English guide. An example of such an offer can be found here. Of course, this form of visiting Lima has its drawbacks (it can be extremely hot in the city, and cycling is exhausting in the long run, however), but for regular cyclists it may be suitable, especially since the prices are not so bad.