La Catedral - The Cathedral of Lima, Lima

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    Hidden

    by hawkhead Written Jan 24, 2014

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    The Cathedral of Lima is on the tourist trail in Lima. However, what may not be so well known is that within its walls is a tea room and shop, also loos.

    The tea room is just that - a place where one can have a cuppa. There is an extensive choice, ranging from white tea to decaffeinated Earl Grey. Soft drinks and water are also sold. Cakes as well. Teas are S/.10, soft drinks S/.4, water S/3, and cakes around S/.10 for a generous slice. Between 16.00-17.00 is Tea Happy House when tea and cake is S/.15. The seating area is in a patio with a cooling breeze. The chairs are low and comfortable, and the tables are low as well. Upholstery and umbrellas are purple, matching the lavender flowers used as decoration!

    The shop has reasonable prices and a good range of items. The loos are clean.

    A very welcome oasis on a hot and sticky afternoon. It's just a pity that I don't believe one can access the tea room unless one has already paid the Cathedral entrance.

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    The Cathedral of Lima

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    The Cathedral, located on Plaza de Armas
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    The Cathedral was consecrated in 1625 replacing a church that had become too small for the growing city of Lima. It was badly damaged by the earthquake in 1687 and almost destroyed in 1746 - but was rebuilt, and the restoration was done by using original plans of the old cathedral.

    We paid a small tip for a 1-hour guided tour (highly recommendable) though the cathedral, and passed beautiful carved choir stalls, enormous chandeliers, mosaics and paintings, the tomb beneath the altar, huge columns made of wood to be more elastic for earthquakes, the mosaic-covered chapel with the coffin and remains of Francisco Pizarro (the founder of Lima), and other chapels dedicated to different saints. We also visited ‘The Museum of Religious Art of the Lima Cathedral’, which contains many sacred items and relics – mostly from the colonial era.

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    Tomb of Francisco Pizzaro - Cathedral - Lima

    by al2401 Written Dec 3, 2011

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    Francisco Pizarro González, Marquess; 1471 or 1476 – 26 June 1541) was a Spanish conquistador (soldier-explorer). He is the famous conqueror of the Incan Empire, and founder of Lima.

    After his assassination in 1541 his head was separated from his body and buried separately under the floor of the cathedral. A body, found in 1892 and thought to be that of Pizzaro was put on display. In 1977 the other remains were found and were proved fornesically to be the real remains of the conquistador.

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    La Catedral

    by al2401 Updated Dec 3, 2011

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    The first stone of the Basilica Cathedral of Lima was laid in 1535. The original adobe building was officially inaugurated by Francisco Pizarro in 1540. It was designated a cathedral by Papal Bull in 1541.

    Since that time the church has been extended and reconstructed several times as the result of a number of earthquakes - the last of any significance was in 1940. The colonial structure and facade still remain. The facade has three large doorways and the central door is known as the Portada del Perdon - 'the door of forgiveness'.

    The Cathedral also contains the tomb of the Spanish conquistador of Peru, Francisco Pizarro.

    Hours: Mon-Sat 10-4:30

    Admission: S/10

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    La Catedral in Plaza Mayor - Lima Peru

    by littlesam1 Written Dec 10, 2010

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    The Cathedral of Lima is a Roman Catholic Basilica. Construction on the cathedral began in 1535. We were unable to tour the cathedral when we first arrived in Lima. It was not opened on the day we visted Plaza Mayor. However on the day of the celebration of Peru's 475th anniversary it was open to the public. The parade for the celebration ended at the site of the cathedral. We were able to walk through the doors and enjoy the splendor of the church. Inside the church is the grave of Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro.

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    by grandmaR Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    Mural of Pizzaro's landing
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    Our tickets stated that we would not be able to visit the cathedral because of APAC, but I was hopeful that the conference would be over by that time, and I was right.

    They let us take pictures inside as long as we didn't use flash. Although the interior is quite large and quite dark - built in the baroque style in 1564 - I was able to get some reasonable photos without using flash. It is supposed to have been designed by Francisco Pizarro (who conquered the Incas and founded Lima) and his tomb is inside (photo 3).

    It was rebuilt after earthquakes in 1746 and 1940, and the altar was replaced around 1800 with one in a neoclassical style. At about the same time the towers that flank the entrance were added. It has a delicate vaulted ceiling, intricately carved choir stalls (photo 4) and a checkerboard floor.

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    Lima's Cathedral

    by Urzu Written Jun 22, 2008

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    The Cathedral of Lima was first built in 1535 following orders of Francisco Pizarro, it was first a modest church, and with the years it has suffered many different renovations and changes, some to make the cathedral bigger, some to fix it after earthquakes, etc. This is why when we look at the Cathedral we can see various different styles. It was last renovated in 2004. One of the main attractions of the Cathedral is the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, which you can find inside.

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    Inside the Cathedral

    by ThiagoRamos Written Feb 1, 2007

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    The guided tour inside the Cathedral is included in the price of the entrance ticket, but the guide will probably ask you for a tip after finishing his job...

    Besides beautiful chapels, paintings and sculptures, the visitor will also see the Tomb of the Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizarro, the place where the remains of his body were found, the room where peruvian independence was proclaimed by San Martin and a nice exhibition of religious objects.

    I´ve enjoyed it!!!

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    The Cathedral

    by ThiagoRamos Written Jan 31, 2007

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    The Archbishop��s Palace and the Cathedral
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    The construction of the Cathedral began in 1564 and was finished in 1622, but a severe earthquake destroyed it in 1746 and it had to be rebuilt.

    The Cathedral combines gothic, neoclassic, renaissance and baroque styles.

    Beside the cathedral, on your left side if you look from the plaza, is the Archbishop´s Palace, another fine example of the colonial architecture.

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    A Fade from Colonial Time

    by hartti Written Dec 4, 2006

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    La Cathedral Stands in the Center of Lima
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    It has been told that in January 18, 1535 the conqueror Francisco Pizarro placed the first stone and carried over his shoulders the first log used in the construction of the Cathedral. The stones needed for this buiding were taken from the old Inca temple situated on this same place, of course.

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    Catedral

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 16, 2006

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    This Renaissance baroque cathedral built in 1625 and reconstructed following the earthquake of 1840, is a fine example colonial art. Although its somewhat plain on the outside, inside it contains splendid altars, handsome carved choir stalls and altars covered with gold leaf.

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    La Catedral

    by acemj Updated Sep 16, 2006

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    There has been a church here since 1625 and the original design was made by Francisco Pizarro! Yes, the Spanish conqueror himself was responsible for the general layout of the church, which has changed over the years. The towers were added a couple hundred years later and the altar has also been changed over the years. Pizarro's tomb is found inside the massive, cavernous church.

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    La Catedral

    by Boca24 Written Oct 15, 2005

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    Pizarro's Remains

    The church is very large and impressive. It also holds the remains of Francisco Pizarro. Apperantly the original remains was not of Pizarro (even though it was believed to be) but since they later found Pizarros remains, the proper remains are on display.

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    Take a short look at the Lima Cathedral

    by AKtravelers Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    A Lima nun tends to Lima Cathedral

    Lima's cathedral is big, though not necessarily spectacular. Still, it is worth a visit due to its historical significance. It does have some interesting side chapels where we could watch the nuns maintaining the displays.

    Okay, I guess you can see that we're not really excited about the cathedral. In fact, the interior of San Francisco is much more remarakable. BUt, if you're at the Plaza de Armas, you might as well go in because it is there.

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    Stroll around the Plaza de Armas

    by AKtravelers Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Lima's Plaza de Armas withthe Cathedral

    The Plaza de Armas (also known as Plaza Mayor) is a beautifully decorated large square surrounded by Lima's most important buildings. One side of the plaza is the Presidential Palace while aadjacent side is devoted to the cathedral. The other two sides are bounded by yellow, balconied built in the 1920's. At the center of the plaza is a large fountain guarded by the fountain police, who will whistle if you break certain, unklnown rules (one of which seems to be touching the water).

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