A Historical Walk Through 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 Arzobispal. Peek inside the cathedral, one of the most striking in South America. From there, head north on Jirón Carabaya, the street running along the east side of 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, and in a block you'll reach the Convento de San Francisco, which has one of the city's most spectacular colonial-era churches, complete with eerie catacombs.

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