lima Photos

LIMA is a UNESCO world heritage site, for its historical centre.

Capital of Peru, Lima used to be called La Ciudad de Los Reyes – City of Kings. The town was founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro and for over three centuries it was the most important city of Spanish domination in South America.

The main square, Plaza de Armas, dates back to the founding year of the city, 1535. Of superb colonial architecture, sprinkled with palaces, imposing churches and buildings with wonderful woodden balconies as real works of art, with a bronze water fountain from 1650, this is one of the most beautiful Plazas in the world.

The town is also school to the oldest univesity on the continent, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, founded in 1551.

Miraflores is the city’s modern part, a rich neighbourhood situated on the shores of the ocean.