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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Iglesia de Jesús, María y José

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 1713 Church of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph may be smaller than some of El Centro's other sanctuaries, but inside is a feast for the eyes. Retablos...Read More

  • 6. Iglesia de la Merced

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nothing about this colonial-era church could be called restrained. Take the pink-and-gray stone facade, for instance: done in an over-the-top...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Iglesia de San Pedro

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Jesuits built three churches in rapid succession on this corner, inaugurating the current temple in 1638. It remains one of the finest examples...Read More

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