The Lima Culture Guide

The Lima Culture Guide

Lima is known for its rich historical and cultural past. Long before the Spaniards arrived several other cultures with highly advanced skills in construction, agriculture and arts settled the area of today's Lima. The Spanish colonist added to this legendary cultural legacy. Based on the model of Spanish cities, the "City of the Kings" arose and soon Lima became the political, economic, cultural and religious center of the Spanish colonies in South America. A completely different culture with European and Moorish influence mixed with the indigenous cultural and religious inheritance.

Everywhere visible in Lima is how these ancient cultures melted with modern factors. Amazing archaeological sites like the "Huacas" (Adobe pyramids) are spread over the city and are worth a visit. A must for every Lima visitor is the Historic City Center with amazing buildings, plazas and churches from Colonial times. Don't miss the numerous museums, displaying a huge variety of Lima's and Peru's culture from antique and traditional to modern and contemporary. Theatres, cinemas and Cultural Centers complete Lima's cultural scene.

Museums in Lima

Museums in Lima

Lima is one of the most interesting and challenging cities in South America with a huge archaeological, historical and cultural past. Long before the Common Era until the arrival of the Spaniards numerous highly advanced cultures settled the area of today's Lima. Even nowadays they amaze us with their complex skills in construction, agriculture and arts. The Spanish colonists added to this legendary cultural legacy.

Museums Lima...

 

Huacas - Adobe Pyramids

Lima is one of the most interesting and challenging cities in South America with a huge archaeological, historical and cultural past. Long before the Common Era until the arrival of the Spaniards numerous highly advanced cultures settled the area of today's Lima. Our listing of selected huacas or archaeological complexes include sites that were at least partially spared from destruction and deterioration.

Huacas | Pyramids...

Huacas - Adobe Pyramids in Lima
 
Plazas - City Squares

Plazas - City Squares

Plazas or city squares are known in every culture around the world. As long as there have been settlements, villages or cities, there have been mostly central located places where the citizens came together. These public places were the center of urban life. In many cities the most important buildings like the city council or the main church are located at these plazas. Very typical for Peru you'll find in the middle monuments, statues or fountains.

City Squares...

 

Visiting the Lima City Center!

Don't let yourself be scared off by good meant warnings that Limas City Center is very unsafe and dangerous. It's true that you should take precautions like in every capital city.

Don't show off (like carrying your 2000 US$ Digital camera on the belly), carry lots of cash, wear your Rolex (by the way you can buy pretty good replicas here...) and try to blend in, than you should be fine.

 
Historical Buildings in Lima

Historical Buildings in Lima

Good examples of unique architectural factors are the famous balconies of Lima; most of them closed balconies with jalousies, of Moorish origin but with an absolutely distinctive Lima style and character. Lima known as the "City of Kings" and "City of Gardens" was soon famous for these extraordinary balconies and known as well as "City of Balconies". Lima had so many balconies that nobody ever thought they would be some day something special.

Historical Buildings...

 

Historical Churches in Lima

Lima is not only the City of Kings but also the City of Churches. Especially in the city center (Spanish = Cercado de Lima) you will find nearly at every corner a church, most of them dating back to colonial times. By the 17th century Lima was the economical and political heart of the Spanish colonies in South America and on the other hand the religious focus point.

Historical Churches...

Historical Churches in Lima
 
Cultural Centers in Lima

Cultural Centers in Lima

Lima has an amazing and rich historical and cultural past. For hundreds of years the city has been a melting pot for different cultures and ethnic groups. The legacy of ancient cultures combined with the traditions and customs of immigrants, especially from Europe, Asia and migrants from the Andes and jungle make Lima a unique and diverse city. This phenomenon is reflected in Lima's rich cultural scene. Next to ancient constructions, churches, museums, theaters and cinemas you find an uncountable selection of cultural centers.

Cultural Centers...