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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.
Lima is one of the most interesting and challenging cities in South America with a huge archaeological, historical and cultural past. A reflection of this can be found in an incredible number of museums spread around the city. They display the richness and diverse facets...Read More
In ancient Peru, a "huaca" or "wak'a" (Quecha meaning for sacred) is an object that represents something revered, typically a monument of some kind. The term huaca can refer to natural sites like massive rocks, trees or rivers, or to men made monuments. Some huacas...Read More
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 towns...Read More
Today the core of Colonial Lima still exists, but relatively few of Limas original Colonial mansions are still standing. Reasons for that are severe earthquakes (in particular the ones from 1746 and 1940), development at the beginning of the 19th century and of course modernisation....Read More
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...Read More
Next to ancient constructions, churches, museums, theaters and cinemas you find an uncountable selection of cultural centers. The cultural centers in Lima are dedicated to promote foreign and Peruvian culture, offering for example language classes or arts seminars...Read More