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  • 1. Casa de Aliaga

    El Centro | Historic Home

    From the outside, you'd never guess this was one of Lima's most opulent addresses. Commonly known as Casa de Aliaga, this stunning example of...Read More

  • 2. Casa Torre Tagle

    El Centro | Historic Home

    This mansion sums up the graceful style of the early 18th century. Flanked by a pair of elegant balconies, the stone entrance is as expertly...Read More

  • 3. Convento de San Francisco

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its ornate facade and bell towers, ancient library, and catacombs full of human skulls, the Convento de San Francisco is one of Lima's...Read More

  • 4. Convento de Santo Domingo

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If the Iglesia de San Francisco is Lima Gothic—all skulls and penitential gloom—Santo Domingo represents the city's sunny side. From pink facade...Read More

  • 5. Museo Larco

    Pueblo Libre | Museum/Gallery

    Hot-pink bougainvillea spills over the white walls of this lovely colonial mansion, which is built atop a pre-Columbian temple. What those walls...Read More

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  • 6. Museo Pedro de Osma

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    Even if it contained no art, this century-old Beaux-Arts mansion would be worth the trip for its design elements alone. The mansard-roofed structure...Read More

  • 7. Casa Riva-Agüero

    El Centro | Historic Home

    A pair of balconies with celosías —intricate wood screens through which ladies could watch passersby unobserved—grace the facade of this rambling...Read More

  • 8. Catedral

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In its nearly 500-year history, Lima's cathedral has been torn down, built back up, razed by earthquakes, shot at, hollowed out, and remodeled...Read More

  • 9. Convento de los Descalzos

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1592 as a retreat for Franciscans who wanted to escape the bustle of worldly Lima, this functioning monastery offers an intriguing...Read More

  • 10. Iglesia de San Agustín

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Disfigured by the violence of Peru’s history—earthquakes and war—this church, or more specifically, its magnificent facade, remains one of the...Read More

  • 11. Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia del Perú

    Pueblo Libre | Museum/Gallery

    The country's most extensive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts can be found at this sprawling museum. Beginning with 8,000-year-old stone...Read More

  • 12. Palacio de Gobierno

    El Centro | Castle/Palace

    This neobaroque palace north of the Plaza de Armas is the official residence of Peru's president. It was built on the site where Francisco Pizarro...Read More

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