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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Fernandini House

Historical Buildings
If you are on your way through Limas streets anyway, don’t miss to have a glance at this impressive building. The two floor facade built in 1913 is beautifully decorated with a wrought-iron balustrade in the "Art Nouveau" style. Inside are wide salons decorated with stucco and glass paintings.
Located at the end of a once elegant avenue in Rimac at the foot of San Cristobal, the Convento de Los Descalzos, the Convent of the Barefoot Friars, was founded in 1595 as a place of spiritual retreat surrounded by fields and vineyards. Even though today it's right in the middle of sprawling and hectic Lima, the Convent still is a tranquil and ...
Modernized and expanded in 2012 the Parque de la Imaginacion is an interactive "Museum" of Science and Technology. The Imagination Park brought together a nice collection of educational instruments and phenomena, allowing the visitors to learn by doing and experiment in areas like electricity, energy, mechanics, science and illusion.

Larriva House - Marquis de la Riva

Historical Buildings
This remarkable Colonial mansion was built in the 18th century by the Larriva family. Typical for Lima and the time the house was built, are the two balconies and the large front door which grants you access to the amazing inner patio. The doors, windows, magnificent bars and the Andalusian style gallery are still the original ones.
Peru is an extremely diverse country with breathtaking sceneries and spectacular archaeological sites left to us by many different ancient cultures inhabiting the country for thousands of years. But also the more recent history like the Peruvian colonial and republican past bequeathed some truly amazing legacies. One of these is the Fortress Rea...

Italian Art Museum

Museums in Lima
The Italian Art Museum was donated in 1921 to Peru for its centenary of independence by the Italian residents. Located in a beautiful building designed by the Milanese architect Gaetano Moretti, the museum exhibits magnificent examples of Italian Art from the 20th century. The collection includes sculptures, paintings, engravings, drawings and c...

The Bullfight Museum

Museums in Lima
The "Bullfighting Museum" is located at the traditional Plaza de Acho. It shows paintings, photos, bills, the traditional dresses of the toreros, swords and other weapons.

Palais Concert

Historical Buildings
The Palais Concert was opened in 1913 originally as a confectionery, café and bar but almost immediately developed into the meeting place of the bohemian and intellectual world of Lima.

Belen House

Historical Buildings
The Casa Belen on Lima's famous Jiron de la Union in the City Center is a beautifully restored mansion which origins date back to around 1606. Today the privately owned historical monument houses the Museum Andres del Castillo displaying the amazing personal collection of minerals, Chancay ceramics and ancient textiles of the "del Castillo" fami...

Museum Miguel Grau

Museums in Lima
The museum is dedicated to the famous and well-known Peruvian Navy Admiral Miguel Grau who fought in the War of the Pacific. The Casa Miguel Grau displays a collection of photos, clothing, furniture and personal belongings of the "Caballero de los Mares" (the "Gentleman of the Seas").
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