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Birth House of San Martín de Porres in Lima

Birth House of San Martín de Porres

Casa donde nació San Martín de Porres

Address
Jr. Callao 562
District
  • City Center
City (Peru)
Lima
Phone Number
(+511) 423-0705

San Martin de Porres was born illegitimate in 1579 in this beautiful preserved building in Lima that belonged to his mother a colored freed-woman from Panama. His father was a Spanish nobleman. With fifteen, he became a lay brother at the Dominican Friary in Lima and spent his whole life there as a barber, farm labourer, almoner, and infirmarian. Today the Birthhouse of San Martin de Porres houses a social institution for seniors and women.

San Martin de Porres devoted himself to ceaseless and severe penances. In return God endowed him with many graces and wondrous gifts. St. Martin's love was all-embracing; devoted equally to humans and to animals (many statues show him with a dog, a cat and a mouse). He was a very close friend of St. Rose of Lima. He died on the 3rd of November 1639 and was canonized in May 1962. His shrine is located within the Convent of Santo Domingo in Lima, alongside with Saint Rose and Alonso Abad.

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