Losing a little steam in Lima
Trip Start Mar 07, 2013
11Trip End Mar 18, 2013
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Sol De Oro Suites
The tour was very interesting. There is a lot more to Lima than any of us realized.
We actually started at parque de amor (love park). It obviously influenced by gaudi's famous park in Barcelona. We did confirm there is an actual kissing contest help February 14th every year. The contest is to see who can have the longest kiss. Last year, the contest was won by a couple who kissed for 43 minutes straight. We did not see any exceptionally long kisses ( other than the statue at the park center) but there was a wedding there today.
Lima is known as the "City of Kings" and has a population of 7.6 Million people. It never rains in Lima. Our guide said it had been 18 years since the last rain. A river running from the mountains provides the city with water. The location of the river is actually why the city was built in this location by the Spanish.
The "El Cercado de Lima" or the real city center where the old history of the city. On this European style square called Plaza de Armas there is the Presidential Palace on one side and on the other the colonial cathedral.
The Cathedral was commenced in 1635 by Francisco Pizarro.
Pizarro is said to have laid the first stone used in its construction and carried the first timbers used also. He personally inaugurated the Cathedral in 1640 although it has been extensively extended and improved since this date. The plaza has a very Mediterranean feel to it with the brightly painted buildings. Francisco Pizarro (c. 1475–June 26, 1541) was the Spanish conquistador, conqueror of the Inca Empire and founder of Lima as the La Ciudad de los Reyes. His Tomb is inside.
The Church and Convent of San Francisco were constructed in the seventeenth century and are made up by the church and the convent of San Francisco, as well as the chapels of the Solitude and the Miracle. The building is noted for its 17th century architecture, a fine example of Spanish Neoclassicism. Catacombs are built under the monastery, and are said to connect to other catacombs beneath the cathedral and other churches in the area.
The catacombs were closed in the 1900's and the bones have been artistically arranged for all to see.