LIMA
Peru's Capital City

     Founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima was the capital of the viceroyalty of New Castile for 300 years and was the largest and most important city on the entire continent of South America.  Today, it is a teeming metropolis of 8 million people and is a treasure house of Spanish colonial architecture, wonderful museums and upscale seaside suburbs such as Miraflores, but it also mirrors the enormous gap between the wealthy and the poor that is typical of Peru and other developing nations.

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DOWNTOWN LIMA


Lima Cathedral

Plaza de Armas

Torre Tagle Palace

Archbishop's Palace

Plaza San Martín

THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE


Group photo

Grand Hall

Presidential Balcony

Banquet Hall

Glass Ceiling

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD


Three Guards

Ceremony Begins

Parade

Presenting the Colors

SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH AND CATACOMBS


San Francisco

Passageway

Catacombs

THE GOLD MUSEUM


Arms

Breastpin

Vessel

Vessel

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY
AND HISTORY MUSEUM


Ancient textiles

Anthropomorphic vessel

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