Soak in the Beauty of Plaza de Armas

Your trip to Peru is incomplete without visiting the foundations of modern architecture of most of the Peruvian cities built by Spanish Conquistadors. The central area of the town was often marked by the construction of Plaza de Armas (Plaza of Arms). Also known as the Plaza Mayor, these structures followed a standard military grid fashion followed by the various important structures of political significance around it.

With government buildings, churches and other such structures around Plaza de Armas, Lima is bustling with tourist activity throughout the day. You would love to catch a glimpse of Cathedral of Lima, Archbishop’s Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace and the Palace of the Union surrounding the Plaza.

The strong structure of Plaza de Armas was actually meant to shield its inhabitants in case of attack on the city and supply weapons to its soldiers. The Jiron de la Union, located on the eastern side of this historic center, was laid by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro when he founded the city of Lima on 18th January, 1535. The brightly-lit square left me agape at night particularly the Archbishop’s Palace, the administrative headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lima.

Though you can visit at any time of the year, Lima looks beautiful in March especially the famous party destinationsMiraflores and Barranco. If you are an archeology fan, the iconic pyramid of Huaca Pucllana is worth watching to discover the richness of Lima culture.  Before you party at night, a visit to La Ermita church in Barranco is worthwhile to witness its colonial style façade while walking past the Bridge of Sighs.  I would suggest you to go around Easter time as you might get to see Semana Santa (Easter Week) parades that are really fascinating.

Jude C

I am a travel enthusiast who has closely worked with different communities in India. My interests range from alternative rock to English literature. I also happen to love cats a lot.

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