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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Museum Pedro de Osma

Museums in Lima
Located in the old and traditional district of Barranco, is the Museum Pedro de Osma. The Museum has one of the best painting collections in Peru with pieces dating back to the 16th century. The paintings from well-known artists are on linen cloth, metal, wood, glass and leather. Antique pieces of furniture, silver, sculptures and textiles are a...
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...
The Archaeological Museum Ernst W. Middendorf, named after the great German doctor and pioneer of archaeological investigations in Peru, is located inside the Parque de las Leyendas and surrounded by an area of high historical and archaeological value. Already over 2000 years ago, the first "limeños" started building pyramids, temples and dwelli...

House of the Thirteen Coins

Historical Buildings
This single-story residence originally belonging to the López-Flores family dates back to the mid 18th century. Built in clear rococo style the excellent design fits perfectly to the architectural character of Lima in the 18th century. Still preserved are the original doors, windows and grills. Beautiful are the patio and the rooms with a classi...
The "Pinacoteca Municipal Ignacio Merino" exhibits one of the most important Peruvian art collections of the country. On display are nearly 600 works from the 19th and 20th century, which show the variety and different artistic facets of Peruvian painters.
The "Museum José Carlos Mariátegui" is located in the famous "Casa de Washington Izquierda". Here the grand Peruvian writer and author spent his last five and most productive years. The exhibit brings visitors close to the life of José Carlos Mariátegui and displays furniture, documents and personal objects.
The Congress Palace is bordered by two squares: the Plaza Bolivar in front and the Plaza Victoria in the back. When Peru became independent in 1821 there was no space for a legislative in Lima, because in Colonial times it wasn't needed. Therefore a decree from June 1822 determined the University of San Marcos with all its premises, back then lo...
Housed in the Casa Riva-Agüero the Museum of Art and Popular Tradition was opened on the 25th of October 1979 with donations of some of the most important and significant art collectors in Peru like Mildred Merino de Zela, Mariano Benítes and Gertrud de Solari to name a few. The museum displays around 7000 art objects collected with dedication a...

House of General César Canevaro

Historical Buildings
The original house on this property was built by Captain Villegas (governor of Callao) in 1752. In 1818 the building was bought by the Lobatón Laos family. Its current design dates back to the middle of the 19th century, when General César Canevaro, a war hero of the Chilean War (1879 – 1883) rebuilt the house in a typical Republican style with ...

Museum Enrico Poli

Museums in Lima
Enrico Poli has gathered one of the most impressive private collections of archeological objects of Inca and other pre-Columbian cultures as well as colonial art in Peru. Displayed are fantastic ceramics, gold and silver pieces, paintings and wooden sculptures.
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