Historical Walk in Lima
Almost all of Lima's most interesting historical sites are within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas. The fountain in the center can be used as a slightly off-center compass. The bronze angel's trumpet points due north, where you'll see the Palacio de Gobierno. To the west is the neocolonial Municipalidad de Lima, and to the east are the Catedral and the adjoining Palacio Episcopal. The cathedral, one of the most striking in South America, should be given a look inside. Head north on Jirón Carabaya, the street running beside the Palacio de Gobierno, until you reach the butter-yellow Estación de Desamparados, the former train station. Follow the street as it curves to the east. In a block you'll reach the Iglesia de San Francisco, the most spectacular of the city's colonial-era churches. Explore the eerie catacombs.
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