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.

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Opened in July 2012 the Grand National Theater, the Gran Teatro Nacional del Peru, is the newest and most modern addition to Lima's cultural scene. The multi-purpose theatre and concert hall is equipped with the latest technology in acoustics as well as sound and theatrical engineering making a visit to one of the performance ranging from operas...

Cathedral of Lima

Historical Churches & Convents
Already on the foundation day of Lima (18th of January 1535) the ground breaking ceremony for the Cathedral of Lima took place. While the first church was quite simple, constant necessary repairs due to damages caused by numerous earthquakes and expansions incl. three additional naves and a side chapel in the 17th century gave Lima an immense Ba...
Since the 1920s the Municipal Theater is the place in Lima for drama, opera and ballet. After a devastating fire in 1998 and awaiting reconstruction for 10 years, Lima's traditional theater was re-inaugurated even more beautiful in 2010. Since then the Municipal Theater of Lima has once again an interesting and varied playbill. Don't miss o...
The ICPNA is the biggest binational Cultural Center of Latin America and has several offices in Lima. It offers a big selection of cultural events like art exhibitions in own galleries, dance festivals, music events from classical music to folk and jazz, book presentations and readings.

The Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd

International Parishes & Churches
The Good Shepherd is the Cathedral Church of the Anglican Diocese of Perú. They have been serving the English-speaking community of Lima for over 160 years with services in English and Spanish. In 1849, the first Anglican Chaplain, the Reverend John G. Pearson arrived in Lima after 5 years of negotiations with the British Government with the rel...

Lima Main Square

Plazas (City Squares)
The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas (as it was known until 1990), is the oldest public place in Lima. In 1535 the conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded on the area of an existing indigenous settlement the city of Lima. He designed a main square in the central part of the future city Lima with all important institutions built around it.

Maguey Theater

Theaters
The Teatro Maguey, one of the most important theater groups in the country, was founded in 1982. The main aim was and still is to offer a space where all age groups can develop identity, imagination, creativity, expressiveness and communication skills through art and play. The theater offers always on Saturdays and Sundays various presentations ...
The main goal of the Cultural Center Peruano Britanico is to strengthen the cultural bonds between Peru and Great Britain. They offer theater, music and dance events. Plastic arts, poetry, science and technology form a new phase of the expansion of their cultural side.

The Union Church of Lima

International Parishes & Churches
The Union Church of Lima is an International, English-speaking and Interdenominational Christian Fellowship in Lima. Their mission is to build a caring, Christian Community that worships, fellowships, witnesses and grows in faith. The Union Church was started by Scottish Missionaries, North Americans and others. Most of their members are people ...
Mario Testino is one of the world's most influential photographers, well-known for his pictures of the British Royal family, his work with famous actors and beauties for the greatest international magazines, his creative exhibitions and books. In July 2012 he realized a new project, MATE - the Mario Testino Association in Lima's bohemian distric...
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National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History - Lima, Peru.mp4

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Founded in April 1826, the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru (MNAAHP) is Peru's oldest state museum. On display is a wide range of perfectly preserved pre-Hispanic ceramics, textiles, metals, organic materials and lithic's. Objects of historic-artistic value are exhibited. The documentary, photographic and bibliographic collections tell...
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