The Churches of Historical Lima

The colonial architecture of Lima is amazing in itself, but I would highly recommend that travelers plan at least one day exploring the churches. I have spent several afternoons exploring them and have enjoyed their beauty immensely. The Cathedral in Plaza Mayor is typically more visited by tourists because of it’s size and location, but there are so many options less visited that can allow a visitor a more personal experience. [Continue reading…]

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Reconciling the Past in Colonial Architecture

I sat down in Plaza Mayor observing the beauty of Lima and its people. I saw many people with their friends or family, as well as other tourists exploring the sites. There was a lot of bustling going on in the streets and plenty of street vendors trying to earn a little money. Yet, when I sat down I felt reminded of my travels in Europe and began ruminating about how the symbolism of this colonial architecture could impact the general Peruvian psyche. [Continue reading…]

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The San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs

This will be my last blog post for Karikuy (sob), as tomorrow I am leaving Lima to go to Cusco, where I will trek the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – can’t wait! But before I go, I must tell you all about our trip to the San Francisco Monastery and catacombs, right here in central Lima.  The monastery was built in the 1600s, and was  the home of monks of the Franciscan Order. These days it is open to the public. [Continue reading…]

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