Cathedral of Lima: a major monument

Cathedral of Lima: a major monument

Close to the Archbishop's Palace, this stunning edifice was built in 1535 on a site designated by the crusading evangelist Pizarro.

Its remarkable Baroque facade has survived centuries, despite the four major earthquakes that have devastated the city.

That said, it has had to be rebuilt many times: the last major restoration, completed in 1940, totally changed the original appearance of the cathedral, a fate common to many Lima churches under the influence of late 18th-century Neoclassicism. Admire however, along the nave, the work of the different eclectic artists who worked on the decoration of the chapels. Every imaginable style coexists on the altars. Special mention is due Pedro Noguera for his wooden choir, a masterpiece of Rococo exuberance.

At the secluded rear of the building are an ornate sacristy and a religious museum exhibiting paintings and the ceremonial clothing of Catholic worship.

Cathedral of Lima
Jirón Carabaya
Lima 15001

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