PRESBITERO MAESTRO – CEMETERY
Presbiterio Maestro Cemetery has the largest collection of marble sculptures from European XIX century in Latin America. Absolutely worth seeing this impressive and beautiful historical Sanctuary! This masterpiece of human creativity, cultural significance was inaugurated in 1808 and declared as world heritage.
Named after Matías Maestro since he proposed the neoclassical architecture design of it. It was constructed in the in the city’s boundaries, nowadays its location is called Jirón Ancash Street – Barrios Altos. Matías Maestro was born in Spain and died in Lima. He studied art in the Academy of Cadiz, obtained a degree in Law and had architecture knowledge.
This majestic cemetery contains gardens, boulevards with incredible statues. It shows all of the archaeological and historical process of Peru. From the entrance we can see the luxurious mausoleums where many wealth families of Lima are. The most important among these monuments is the Cripta de los Héroes.
This is the final resting place of many historical Peruvian personalities. To name a fiew there lies the mortal remains of Miguel Grau, Francisco Bolognesi, Andrés A. Cáceres, Jose de la Riva Agüero, Ricardo Palma, Abraham Valdelomar, Jose Carlos Mariategui and Ramon Castilla.
The visit hours are from 8:00am to 6:00pm. To access ‘La Cripta de los Héroes’ it would be 35 Soles. There is a tour at night from “Plaza de las armas” on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays that costs 30 Soles.
Dorothy Matamoros is a researcher and blogger with the Karikuy Volunteer Program in Lima, Peru.