Miraflores, in the heart of the city, offers an appealing variety of attractions, restaurants, coffee boutiques, cinemas, night clubs and more. Just a few blocks away is Larcomar, Lima's newest shopping center with pubs, restaurants and many shops. Known as the City of the Kings, Lima offers many historic and cultural sites including:
Built in 1625, the Cathedral has outstanding features such as the choir stalls, the churrigueresque (Spanish baroque) Chapel of the Immaculate, the main altar and a sculpture of Christ made of carved ivory. On one side is the crypt with remains of the conqueror Francisco Pizarro. A Museum of Religious Art is located in the Sacristy. On another side of the Church is the Bishop's Palace with beautiful colonial-style balconies.
Church of San Francisco
With its compelling harmony of shape, size and color, San Francisco is considered by some as the greatest architectural complex of its kind in Latin America. Its construction began in 1542 and was completed in 1674. The convent, the cloisters and gatehouse are decorated with tiles from Seville. In the basement are underground catacombs that served as a cemetery for the city during the Viceroyalty.
Church of Santo Domingo
The oldest convent in Lima, built in 1599, the church of Santo Domingo is one the city's most peaceful spots due to its harmonious architectural style. The building consists of a series of cloisters and courtyards surrounded by service areas and community halls. To the right of its main altar are the final resting places of Saint Rose of Lima, San Martin de Porres and the beatified Juan Masías.
Church of La Merced
Built between 1607 and 1615, this temple has three naves and its portal is a masterpiece carved in granite brought from Panama, with curved Baroque-style columns. On the main altar is "Virgen de las Mercedes," Peruvian Landlady of Weapons, also known as Marshal, holding a magnificent gold scepter. In the right nave are the remains of "Padre Urraca," a saint whose cross was attributed to many miracles.
This mansion was built over the private temple of the native chief Taulischusco, ruler of the Rimac Valley during Inca times. The house belonged to Jeronimo de Aliaga who was given the land by Francisco Pizarro. A rare treasure in both Peru and Latin America, the house continues to be occupied by descendants of the conquistadors’ right to this day.
Torre Tagle Palace
This beautiful 18th century mansion is built in true "Limeño" architectural style, with a harmonious combination of Andalusian, Moorish, Creole and Asian features. The Palace, now home to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has a stone facade and two carved balconies, both authentic "Limeño" architectural jewels.
Casa Riva Aguero
This beautiful colonial mansion houses the Riva Agüero Institute, the center of Humanistic Studies of the Papal Catholic University of Lima. Also inside is the Museum of Traditions and Popular Arts, a collection of Peruvian art.