Just around the Desamparados Train Station there is San Francisco Church and right across from it a place called 7 esquinas, used to be a big house with 7 big doors, which worked as 7 corners for people coming in and out of the houses behind the facade (in the picture it's the blue house)
Pay special attention to the beautiful balconies.
There is a plan now to build new houses in the inside of it but the cabildo is keeping the facades. Good.
Mmmm. Sticky, messy - just perfect stuff for kids. Picarones are like thin doughnuts made from a pumpkin or sweet potato dough, smothered in a light syrup. We found them in many places, but the photo shows us at the park near the Cathedral in Lima, the Plaza Mayor.
You will find a recipe for Picarones at http://perufood.blogspot.com/2006/02/picarones-pumpkin-fritters.html
The mornign we went to Plaza Mayor it was eerily empty. There was some sort of government function going on so there were guards all around the square keeping everybody out. iT was still a nice place to relax and people watch.
There is a lot of police and military presence here. I saw a big weird looking truck with a thing that looked like a nozzle on it. Me to armed guard standing by truck: "Para Fuego?" Armed Guard: "No, ... is for.. how you say?... the people". So the moral of this story is: if you ever find yourself in Plaza Mayor during a riot, be prepared to get wet.
The XVI Century Plaza de Armas is probably the best place to start your visit to Lima.
There you will find the Cathedral and the Archbishop´s Palace next to each other, the Government Palace and many other beautiful colonial buildings that earned Lima´s historical city center the deserved title of Unesco World Heritage Site.
You don't really notice how pretty it is until you look back and notice the modern meets neoclassic arched glass ceiling. There's also a postage museum, but we didn't go in. The souvenier stands that line the back are a little different from the other ones around Plaza Mayor -- I got a kitschy pack of postcards showing traditional Peruvian fashions as 50's-esque illustrations.
There were so many balconies, that "limeños" never thought of them as being unique. Lima was simply considered "the city of the balconies"
In the viceroyship, the noble and wealthy Spanish families who settle in Lima built mansions very similar in architecture to the Arab-moresque style of spain
Among the custom of these inmigrants, it was considered inappropiate that their women go out of doors, that is the reason why the balconies, ladies of Lima´s high society to observe what ocurred in the street without having to go outside. But if women went outside street they must to hide or cover the face, "tapar" the face, so they call them "las tapadas"
Take the balconies tour, bacause has been declared that balconies were for Lima as was the Eiffel tower to Paris, the Statue of Liberty for New York and the Lions in Trafalgar Square for London
This is the main square in Lima and the centre of the old town. It is always busy, with people coming and going and often parades, demonstrations... 140 square meters.
Around it you will find:
- The Cathedral
- Archibishop Palace
- Government Palace
- Pizarro statue
Every morning after my breakfast i walked to Plaza Mayor. Every morning it was misty and it felt like it would begin to rain. It never did though. Around noon the sun was shining and it was nice and warm. Plaza Mayor is surrounded by beautiful and interesting buildings and is real heart of the city. Vendors come to you and try to sell their stuff but they are never too persistant. You tell them 'no' in firm tone and they leave you alone.
You can't go to LIma without going to Plaza de Armas (Mayor). Of course, every Peru's city and village have it's own Plaza de Armas but you can't miss this one: beautiful architecture and peaceful sector in the central of a very busy and noisy city.
In Lima, be sure to visit the Plaza Mayor (aka Plaza de Armas) in the downtown historical area. The plaza is surrounded by the Government Palace, City Hall, and a cathedral, and the plaza itself is full of flowerbeds and benches. Definitely the most attractive and historically interesting part of downtown Lima.
El conquistador del Perú tiene una estatua ecuestre de cara a la Plaza Mayor, al lado del solar que se adjudicó , hoy ocupado por el Palacio de Gobierno. Fue donado por la esposa del escultor norteamericano Runssay Mac Donald, siendo inaugurado en ocasión del IV Centenario de la Fundación de Lima. El original se encuentra en Trujillo de Extremadura, tierra natal del conquistador.