The first thing I think is that Lima should be a place to visit for the history it has: In the so-called City of Kings , was the Viceroyalty of Peru, was the seat of the Inquisition and was a port, so many of the products and people who came by sea to South America.
The second thing is that Lima happens to be our big sister. Let’s think that to get to Chile you had to go through Peru. So in our history, it is also mentioned too many times. So as I also want to know the historical Lima , I already pointed out certain places that I should visit.
Five essentials of Lima’s history
- The Plaza Mayor : In all the towns of America there are places, and I want to visit them. And more that of Lima: They always show the same place and I do not know it. In addition to the Cathedral, you should know two buildings that are typical of postcards: The Union Club and the Municipal Palace (which of course, as I do not know, I thought they were the same). Both, painted ocher yellow, are the background of the photo in this typical place.
- The Museum Court of the (Holy) Inquisition : As I refuse to make Santa, is one of the places you should visit where they carried out the punishment and torture of people prosecuted for criminal offenses or who were against the faith catholic I recently visited Cartagena de Indias and I did not want to go there, but with this so close I can not help it. They say it is the best preserved building in the city and keeps the painful history of this process. Note: Oh! The same thing makes me nervous, like I do not know if I’ll be really able to enter. Especially since I think that the Inquisition is the great-great-grandmother of the tortures of the Latin American dictatorships and I feel very sorry.
- Convent of San Francisco : Regardless of whether or not they believe in religions, churches are in themselves a central and “visitable” place in travel because they keep much of the history of a place. Whether for the architecture that represents the style of the time, as a place of social gathering, the churches are always there, in all the places one goes to. The convent of San Francisco is, in addition to yellow (Do you like yellow, huh?), One of the most impressive spaces in Latin America if we are talking about religious architecture. They also have catacombs and that reminds me of the time of the first Christians. I hope there are no bats, those if they scare me.
- The Lord of Miracles: The forced immigration of thousands of slaves to America, makes the Lord of the Miracles achieve notoriety because the one who painted him was a black slave and venerating him in brotherhoods was one of the activities that they were allowed to perform. The Lord of Miracles is an image painted in the Sanctuary of the Nazarenas of Lima and is considered the Lord of tremors and patron of those outside of Peru. In October in Chile and in many other places in the world he is venerated. Tells the story that the believers, to venerate him, gathered on Friday night, until many people began to come practicing not so religious activities (I think that there was a good party there) and the authorities were upset and wanted to erase the image and prohibit these meetings. But people insisted on their veneration so much that they had to give in. Today is the patron of Peru and for any Peruvian, the image and devotion of the Lord of Miracles is super usual. And for that reason I want to see the image there by myself.
- La Casona de San Marcos : Also painted in yellow, the San Marcos mansion is where the University of the same name is located. Founded by the Jesuits as a convent, it now houses much of the university cultural activity. And that’s why I want to coordinate to visit some of the activities that take place as exhibitions, some cinema shows, sculptures or attend the guided tours they offer. I’m going to be learning about your Facebook page where you can go and find out about your cultural agenda. Great!
With these 5 places I am left with at least one important part of the historical Lima that I want to know. And you? What historical places would you recommend?