Historical Churches & Convents

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 economic and political heart of the Spanish colonies in South America and the religious focus point. Lima developed in Peru to the centre of suppression measures against the indigenous population. The Inquisition of the Catholic Church was fighting strict against native religious customs, rites and local medical practices.

Exactly this unpleasant fact made it possible that we find today an uncountable number of magnificent religious buildings in Lima whose architectural beauty and distinctiveness can be admired. Thanks to the efforts of the City of Lima, a lot of churches were restored over the last years and are now shining in new magnificence. Lima has quite severe air pollution and combined with the weather this contributes greatly to the deterioration of the historical buildings.

Regardless if Cathedral or small town chapel, every church in Lima has its special charm. So take your time, wander around and enjoy plenty examples of remarkable craftsmanship.

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Church of Jesus, Maria and Joseph

Historical Churches & Convents
The origins of the Church of Jesus, Maria and Joseph date back to 1678, but it was almost completely destroyed by the severe earthquakes in 1687 and 1746. Today you will find a simple church with the distinctive charm of a typical small town chapel.

Church of San Sebastián

Historical Churches & Convents
The Church of San Sebastián was built in 1544 and is one of the oldest buildings in Lima. Santa Rosa de Lima (the patron saint of Lima) and San Martín de Porres (the first black saint) were baptized here. After the massive earthquake from 1940 that damaged the small church severely, it was beautifully rebuild.
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